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2019 National Union Presidents Election Turnout Stood At 80.7%

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2019 National Union Presidents Election Turnout Stood At 80.7%

 

Nationwide election of union leaders closed on Wednesday and results have been released.

Yeongju Ahn will tell us more about the election.

 

At the 2nd Nationwide Union Presidents Election held on March 13th, some 1,340 presidents were newly elected, some 1,110 from the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation or Nonghyup, 90 elected leaders from National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives or Suhyup, and the other 140 from the National Forestry Cooperative Federation or NFCF.

 

According to the National Election Commission, some 3,470 union members registered as candidates and the competition rate for this election was around 2.6 to 1 on average. The vote was closed around 5pm on the day, and some 1.78 million union members out of some 2.2 qualified voters cast their votes, with the final turnout standing at 80.7%.

 

According to the Gwangju-Jeonnam Election Commission, in Gwangju some 11 incumbent presidents were re-elected out of 16 Nonghyup branches and NFCF, while Jeollanamdo confirmed its 185 union presidents from 3 federation branches with 95 incumbent leaders who succeeded to be re-elected.

 

Gwangju and Jeollanamdo saw the first female union president elected at this election. In the Jeonnam Goheung Pungyang Nonghyup election, candidate Park Mi Hwa was elected as the first female union leader since the union president election began in 1988, after scoring a decisive victory over her opponent with 50.9% in votes.

 

As for final turnouts, Gwangju saw a rate of 78.3%, a bit lower than the national average of 80.7%, while Jeollanamdo saw 81.3%, slightly higher than the average.
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