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South Korea

Republic of Korea

50,924,172 10

Population (as of July 1, 2016)

Elections in our database

42,479,710 64.30%

Registered Voters (as of May 17, 2017)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
South Korean National Assembly Kukhoe Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Acting President HWANG Kyo-ahn*
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister HWANG Kyo-ahn
  • Assembly: South Korea has a unicameral National Assembly (Kukhoe) with 300 seats.

*President PARK Geun-hye was impeached on 9 December 2016 by the National Assembly.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament.
  • In the National Assembly (Kukhoe), 246 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 54 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms. In order to gain representation in the ordinal tier, parties must obtain either three percent of the national vote or at least five seats in the nominal tier.
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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
President 1997-12-18 26,042,633 32,290,416 80.65%
South Korean National Assembly 2000-04-13 19,156,515 33,482,387 57.21%
President 2002-12-19 24,784,963 34,991,529 70.83%
South Korean National Assembly 2004-04-15 21,351,340 35,596,497 59.98%
President 2007-12-19 23,732,854 37,653,518 63.03%
South Korean National Assembly 2008-04-09 17,389,206 37,796,035 46.01%
South Korean National Assembly 2012-04-11 21,802,240 40,205,055 54.23%
President 2012-12-19 30,721,459 40,507,842 75.84%
South Korean National Assembly 2016-04-13 24,430,746 42,100,398 58.03%
President 2017-05-09 32,807,908 42,479,710 77.23%

Voter Turnout