Article from Yonhap News:
Great Win for Saenuri Party, Great Loss for New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) ; Opposition Gets Swept Away
Despite the unfavorable Sung Wan-jong situation, the Saenuri Party sweeps the elections in major cities and the ruling party maintains its political hold.
The opposition reboots with Pro-Park Corruption Gate, Moon Jae-in’s fatal blow.
Independent Chun Jung-bae downplays talk of Honam reform… Jung Dong-young fails to win seat.
The Saenuri Park government, entering the second half of the [5-year] presidential term, did better than expected in the local elections held April 29th.
The Saenuri Party participated in 4 local by-elections, with three of its candidates coming out victorious in Gwanak (Seoul), Seo-gu (Incheon), and Seongnam (Gyeonggi-do). NDAP defector turned independent candidate Chun Jung-bae won in Ganghwa (Incheon).
The Saenuri Party swept three city districts, while Chung Dong-young’s last minute defect caused a split in liberal votes, and led to the opposition party’s shocking defeat in Gwanak, considered “traditional soil” where their candidates have been unbeaten in the last 27 years.
Moreover, despite unfavorable conditions in the Park administration, all the Saenuri candidates won their elections.
According to the National Election Commission, the prime battleground for this election was in Gwanak Eul [Seoul], where Saenuri’s Oh Shin-hwan won 43.9% of the vote, followed by NPAD’s Jang Tae-ho (34.2%), and Independent Jung Dong-young (20.2%). Oh Shin-hwan enjoyed winning the “gold badge” of the congressman for the first time.
Given today’s election results, Saenuri holds 160 seats in the National Assembly, up from 157 (130 regional and 27 representative). NPAD maintains their original 109 seats (109 regional, 21 representatives), and Independents gained 3 seats. The remaining 5 lawmakers were from the Justice Party.
The biggest factor working against Saenuri today was the Sung Wan-jong scandal, which seems to have had a large effect on voters nationwide. In particular, in this third year of their term, Park Geun-hye’s government has pushed forward measures to reform the pension plans of public servants, gaining political momentum in the process.
Representative Kim Mu-sung kept this trend of support up by going around the country under the banner of the Saejumma (Saenuri + ajumma) who always work hard to keep local issues in mind. This by-election was the first test for him, and the overwhelming victory has put him in a strong position for solidifying his leadership within the party, as well as setting himself up as a strong Saenuri presidential candidate.
This by-election is particularly relevant, and if seen as a prelude to the 20th general election next year, this “3 city victory” by the Saenuri party carries great significance.
On the other hand, there is an increasing chance that the NPAD, who is pushing for a special investigation into the Pro-Park corruption scandal, will hand over the leadership to the ruling party and go on the defensive.
The leadership will seemingly descend into chaos as responsibility for the defeat in the elections becomes an issue, inevitably dealing a considerable blow to Moon Jae-in for the title of presidential candidate in his face-off against Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-sung.
Above all, as the leading opposition’s position has been fatally shaken in their traditional stronghold of Honam it seems the leading party’s will be making political reforms.
On the other hand, there was a 36% voter turnout for this election. This was 3.1% higher than the turnout for the July 30 election last year, and the analysts surmise this is because the initial prediction of a “close election” boosted interest in the election.
Comments from Naver:
It has begun again. “Damn oldies”, “rigged election”, “low turnout”, “let’s emigrate”, “candlelight vigils”, kekekekekeke
Conservatives are quiet but strong.
There is no future for the party that promotes propaganda and riots.
It seems Moon Jae-in will lose in the next presidential election again.
Do you acknowledge your defeat?? [Imitating Moon Jae-in’s speech]
It’s not that Saenuri has done well. It’s more that NPAD is so stupid. Because they went apesh*t with their Sewol mantra everyday, calling for replacement and punishment of the current administration.
Good riddance after they have always manipulated social media and internet comments, appealing to emotionalism.
Sung Wan-jong and Lee Wan-gu, these two were disasters for Saenuri. Yet, NPAD couldn’t win. There is just no hope for them!!
Voters: I hate Saenuri but I hate NPAD even more.
NPAD, there are still a lot of supporters for Pres. Park. Help the government when you have to instead of only trying to undermine them.
Conservatives speak with votes.
I guess zombies will flock to the Gwanghwamun and try to overturn the election results with violent protests again?
Why don’t you change yourselves even though you lose in every election? Discard the NPAD title and reassemble the party after persecuting the pro-North Korean agents among you guys!!!
Moon Jae-in criticized Lee Wan-gu like a commie. It was tasteless. Inconsiderate NPAD who only criticize for the sake of criticizing should abandon their Pro-North Korean tendency. I hope for the emergence of a new progressive party without a pro-North Korean bias. It seems the NPAD just won’t make it.
NPAD turned a blind eye to commoners’ lives by opposing civil servants’ pension reforms. They talked bullshit, saying that Seowl victims should be promoted to men of national merit. They worked together with the United Progressive Party and made hardcore pro-North Korea Lim Su-gyeong a lawmaker. I would never vote for them.
This is the true will of people, you beggars.
Enlightened citizens and conspiracy theorists, why don’t you pick any celebrity scandal and claim that it is yet another attempt to divert attention from politics this time? NPAD is about to collapse. Cyber warriors, what are you doing?
“I will humbly accept the will of people!!” “Just for a week!!!”
So the zombies’ firepower only amounts to this much.
Okay but how was even Ahn Sang-su re-elected? You knucklehead NPAD. What’s in your brain? Are you guys even human?
Comments from Daum:
The comment sections here have always been spammed with Saenuri-cursing comments. But whenever there is an actual election, you see such different results~~~???? Such a puzzling country.
Idiotic NPAD couldn’t win even in such favorable circumstances.
Saenuri defeats NPAD 3-0. NPAD always called for punishment of the Park administration. Now they got punished!!
Our people are “uncivilized” indeed….
Saenuri supporters speak with their votes while NPAD supporters speak with internet comments. Thanks to a number of scandals in this Chicken administration, the opposition party had an advantage. Despite this, they have been defeated in elections since last year. They kick away free meals set up for them. There is no guarantee of winning the presidential election in December 2017, either. It will be the third time in a row if another candidate from Saenuri is elected. I don’t want to jinx it but it’s terrifying to imagine it.
There is no hope…for this country…
Haha, that trash Jung Dong-young. Long live damn Republic of Korea, fuck.
Pessimistic realityㅠㅠ Jung Dong-young, you SoB
Moon Jae-in should retire from politics.
The rigged election is well and alive.
I live in Incheon and I will leave Korea in a year, haha. I will pray Korea will collapse as soon as possible after I leave.
Fuck, there is really no hope.
내가 너보다 더 사랑할께님
Plow down NPAD!!!
I expected the NPAD wouldn’t be able to get even a single seat. Although I want the balance of power in politics, I didn’t even make a single internet comment and just looked on with folded arms during this election. Even if they did everything else well, they failed to meet the the people’s expectation for civil servants’ pension reforms. They are paying the price for this alone. The disadvantage of a low population in the regions that support the NPAD. The disadvantage of power imbalance between the conservatives and progressives. In order to overcome these, they should join in reforming civil servants’ pension plans and let go of their vested rights while regaining their original purpose. Otherwise, they can never win against Saenuri.
NPAD should disband their alliance and create a Sewol party.
So from now on, think before you write comments here. Consider the general public sentiment, too. Don’t just up-vote highly up-voted comments ignorantly. Go sleep.
Keyboard warriors, you guys are truly great, haha
Let me tell you why dumb NPAD was defeated badly. People are sick and tired of those who always drag on bashing Park Geun-hye whenever anything happens, the Sewol accident and what not. What kind of future is there for those of who are looking closely at the reform of public servants’ pension plans? Dimwits.
I told you that if the damn NPAD doesn’t remove that weird yellow ribbon thing from their chest first, they would ruin the election. They have acted as if they are the Party of Sewol and got hammered twice in elections already. They still haven’t woken up. Just go die singing the Sewol mantra for the rest of your life. The Sewol ferry has sunk the damn NPAD. The Sewol party revived the dying Saenuri. The bastard who burned the Korean flag. The Danwon bug who said she would bomb the plane that Pres. Park flies in. The Jeollado thug Kim Young-oh who spewed vulgar curses at President. Ignorant and blind Roh Mu-hyun and Moon Jae-in supporters who didn’t hesitate to besmirch the President’s character as a woman and don’t know how to do anything other than going on about chicken, chicken, chicken… They ruined the damn NPAD.
NPAD’s lopsided defeat was a natural consequence. They have no policies for the nation. They only care about seizing power for themselves. Truly work for the nation, you bastards.