The 17th South Korean presidential election
took place on December 19
. The election was won by Lee Myung-bak
of the Grand National Party
, returning conservatives to the Blue House
for the first time in ten years. Lee defeated United New Democratic Party
candidate Chung Dong-young
candidate Lee Hoi-chang
by the largest margin since direct elections were reintroduced in 1987. It also marks the first time a president-elect
in Korea will be under investigation by a prosecutor. Voter turnout was 62.9%, an all-time low according to the National Election Commission.
This list of dates are the major events managed by the NEC (National Election Commission).
On this election, there were three liberal
was elected as the official candidate of the party on October 14
- Rule of presidential primary: the official result of this party's primary will combining the members' vote (50%), civil delegates (35%), and the result of popularity polls (15%) that conducted by phone on October 14, 2007.
Lee In-je was elected as the official presidential candidate of the party.
Conservative (GNP) primary
The official result was announced on August 20
, at 07:20 GMT, naming Lee Myung-bak
the presidential candidate from the Hannara party.
One of the major conservative candidate, Lee Hoi-chang was announced his candidacy on November 7, 2007, as an independent.
Progressive (DLP) primary
- Online voting: All members of this party can log on to the official homepage to cast their vote. Confirmation process by cell phone is needed.
- Off-line voting: There are 227 voting stations around the nation. Voters can cast their vote from 09:00 to 22:00 (Considering more than 70% of the members' convenience, which are regular salaried-class people).
- Number of party members who can cast their vote: 50,117.
The official results of the first round, as announced on September 9
, at 07:30 GMT
No candidate received a majority of the votes, so a second round of the presidential primary was scheduled from September 10 to September 15.
Final (2nd) round
As a result, the official presidential candidate of Democratic Labour Party: Kwon Young-ghil.
The following joint exit poll was announced by KBS
- Lee Myung-bak - 50.3%
- Chung Dong-young - 26.0%
- Lee Hoi-chang - 13.5%