May 9, 2017 Held

South Korea

Republic of Korea

Election for South Korean Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:32,807,908
Valid Votes:32,672,175
Invalid Votes:135,733

Vote Share by Candidate:

MOON Jae-in13,423,800


Jun-pyo HONG7,852,849


Cheol-soo AHN6,998,342


Seong-Min YOO2,208,771


Sang-jung SIM2,017,458

Election Results Modified: May 17, 2017

General Information

Republic of Korea: President, 9 May 2017

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of South Korea

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State:  acting President HWANG Kyo-ahn (since 9 December 2016)
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister HWANG Kyo-ahn (since 18 June 2015)
  • Assembly:  South Korea has a unicameral National Assembly of 300 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The president is directly elected by majority popular vote in a single-round system. The president is elected to a single 5-year term.
  • The prime minister is appointed by the president with the approval of the National Assembly.

Last Election:

  • President PARK Geun-Hye of the Saenuri Party was elected with 51.6% of the vote in the 2012 election, narrowly defeating MOON Jae-In of the Democratic Party (48% of the vote).
  • President PARK was impeached by the National Assembly on 9 December 2016. The vote was upheld by the Constitutional Court on 10 March 2017.  Prime Minister HWANG Kyo-ahn has been serving as acting president since December 2016. A full explanation of the process is available HERE.

Main candidates in the election:

  • MOON Jae-In
    • Democratic Party of Korea / Deobureo Minjudang; 더불어민주당
  • AHN Cheol-soo
    • People's Party / Gungminui Dang;  국민의당
  • HONG Joon-pyo
    • Liberty Korea Party / Jayuhangukdang; 자유한국당
  • YOO Seong-Min
    • Bareun Party / Bareun Jeongdang; 바른정당
  • SIM Sang-jung
    • Justice Party / Jeonguidang; 정의당

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 50,924,172 (July 2016)
  • Registered Voters: 42,100,398 (April 2016)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 25,425,132 (July 2016)
  • Is Korea a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (25 May 1983)
  • Has Korea ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 December 1984)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 51
  • Human Development Index Position: 17
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization:  N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is Korea a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Korea ratified CRPD: Yes (11 December 2008)
  • Population with a disability: 7,367,279 


Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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