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Rival parties make last-minute pitches in Seoul metropolitan area

Main opposition Democratic Party of Korea Chairman Lee Jae-myung, right, shakes hands with people while canvassing in Jongno District, Seoul, Monday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk

Rival parties intensified efforts to appeal to voters in the pivotal swing battlegrounds of Seoul, surrounding Gyeonggi Province, and Incheon on Monday, just two days before the general elections take place to elect 300 lawmakers for the 22nd National Assembly.Among the 300 seats, 254 are selected from electoral constituencies, and both the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and the ruling People Power Party (PPP) predict that 50 to 55 districts are highly contested. Of these closely contested races, 20 according to the DPK’s prediction and 26 according to the PPP’s prediction are in the Seoul metropolitan area.With these forecasts in mind, the leaders of both the DPK and the PPP have focused their time and resources on the Seoul metropolitan area.

During a canvassing event in Seoul’s Dongjak-B constituency, DPK Chairman Lee Jae-myung emphasized that voters should hold the ruling bloc accountable “for pursuing personal gains with the power and taxes granted by the people, which has led to the deterioration of the country’s economy and the erosion of democracy.”This marks the eighth visit to the constituency by the main opposition party leader, which is one of the highly contested districts, since the DPK commenced its election campaigns last month. Apart from his own constituency of Gyeyang-B in Incheon, Dongjak-B is the constituency Lee has visited most frequently.He also toured several other swing districts in Seoul, including Jongno, where he made last-minute pitches to voters.”What [the Yoon Suk Yeol administration] does is suppress and investigate someone while vetoing everything that the DPK proposes,” Lee said. “Has anyone seen an administration veto this many bills in the country’s history?”Since taking office, Yoon rejected nine contentious bills that passed the opposition-controlled 온라인카지노 Assembly, the most by a president in history.

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