South Koreans brave virus to vote

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s ruling party is projected to win a general election on Wednesday, exit polls showed, as mask-wearing voters cast their ballots under strict precautions against the novel coronavirus. The election was closely watched around the world as one of the first nationwide votes since the epidemic began. The coronavirus has caused delays in many other political calendars.
A ruling party majority in parliament would help Moon to push through his agenda in his final two years in office, with a looser fiscal policy aimed at creating jobs, a higher minimum wage and engagement with North Korea his priorities. Voters at some 14,000 disinfected polling stations across the country had to wear masks, have their temperatures checked, use hand sanitizer and plastic gloves and maintain a safe distance from others. Voter Choi Sun-hwa told Reuters she was initially apprehensive about coming out to vote because of the virus. The main conservative party is expected to win as many as 131 seats, according to exit polls conducted by TV networks.