S. Korea votes for presidential polls

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Voter turnout for South Korea’s presidential election reached 16 per cent as of 11 a.m. (South Korean standard time) on Wednesday, according to the country’s election authorities.

Of the total 44.2 million eligible voters nationwide, seven million had cast their ballots at 14,464 polling stations, five hours after the start of voting, the National Election Commission (NEC) said.

The turnout was lower than 19.4 per cent reported at the same time in the previous presidential election in 2017, Yonhap news agency reported.

The provisional tally does not include the results of the two-day early voting last week.

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