ElectionGudie

April 9, 2008 Held

17,389,206
Voted
South Korea

Republic of Korea

Election for Kukhoe (South Korean National Assembly)

Results

45%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:17,389,206
Valid Votes:17,183,709
Invalid Votes:205,497

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Grand National Party 153 - 6,421,654

37.37%

United Democratic Party 81 - 4,313,111

25.10%

Park's Party 14 - 2,258,726

13.14%

Independents 25 - 1,391,392

8.10%

Liberty Forward Party 18 - 1,173,452

6.83%

Democratic Labor Party 5 - 973,394

5.66%

Renewal of Korea Party 3 - 651,980

3.79%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 299 seats in the National Assembly (Kukhoe)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President LEE Myung-bak
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister HAN Seung-soo
  • Assembly: South Korea has a unicameral National Assembly (Kukhoe) with 299 seats.

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), 245 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.

Main parties in the electoral race:

***** Formerly Creative Korean Party

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held on April 15, 2004.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 48,948,698 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 37,796,035 (April 2008)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 24,560,861 (2008)

·         Is South Korea a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (25 May 1983)

·         Has South Korea ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 December 1984)

·         Gender Quota: Yes[5]

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 41 (following the 2008 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 17 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is South Korea a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has South Korea ratified CRPD: Yes (11 December 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 7,342,304 (est.)