Voter turnout at 54.5% was high, and the South Korean opposition Democratic Party (DP) has claimed victory. But, several races, including Seoul, are still too close to call. As I read it, the DP took 6 posts, including some traditional conservative bastions, to the Grand National Party’s 5.
The DP claimed Lee and his conservative party have put national security at risk by taking a confrontational approach towards Pyongyang. Other issues such as Lee’s push for refurbishing South Korea’s four major rivers and his alternative to a contentious project to create a new administrative town in a central region have been sidelined.