26% of voting stations were relocated on October 26 by-election … affected voting rates

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in the <Newsface> on December 5, 2011, covering the possible ‘election fraud’ at October 26 Seoul mayoral by-election. Recently, public attention moved to the DDoS scheme on CEMC website and the possible involvement of ruling Grand National Party (GNP) or even the Blue House. However, the whole scheme of DDoS attack works only under the condition that there must be huge demand for contacting CEMC website on the election day such as the massive relocation of voting stations. The report translated in this post may indicate there could have been a grand scheme like that. In fact, around the time of by-election, there have been so many publicity about CEMC’s strange effort to bring down the election rate such as setting up very complicated rules for SNS messages or web posts. Many actually complained at that time that CEMC, the authority to promote votes, actually seemed like working hard to demote votes. If this is confirmed, it would be a serious matter because government authority is utilized not to serve public interest but to serve the interest of some political group, an archetypal incident of ‘election fraud’. As such, the whole issue of voting station relocation and DDoS scheme has a potential to blow up the whole political scene in Korea, especially the ruling spheres. All rights regarding this post stay with the author of original article of with <Newsface> and the post will be scrapped immediately at their request. Original article of this post can be found in the following link at the bottom.

26% of voting stations relocated on October 26 by-election … Voting rate of Geunmcheon-gu plunged 8.3%

Jin Na-rii 진나리

It turns out that massive changes of voting stations on October 26 Seoul mayoral by-election resulted in actual drops of voting rate in many electoral constituencies. Geumcheon-gu where 4 out of 10 voting stations were relocated recorded 8.3% plunge in the voting rate, 3% lower than overall average. Combining all the electoral constituencies, substantial number of voters lost there chance to execute their voting rights in last October 26 by-election.

In particular, the Central Election management Commission (CEMC) website was paralyzed at the day of election for over 2 hours from 6:15 to 8:32 in the morning, which caused troubles to many workers who had to go to work before 9 but also had to figure out the location of changed voting station through the website. Some gave up to vote and just went to work.

Former Democratic Party (DP) representative Jeong Bong-joo, in the 31st piece of the podcast ‘Naneun Kkomsuda (나는 꼼수다)’ released on December 4, said “the relocation of voting stations resulted in comparatively lower votes in the opposition-leaning regions” and continued “the numbers actually indicate that” after describing the comparison result of June 2 regional election and October 26 by-election.

According to former Rep. Jeong, 572 out of 2218 (25.8%) voting stations were relocated in Seoul. Overall voting rate fell on average 5.3% from 52.9% in June 2 regional election to 48.6% in October 26 by-election.

In Gwangjin-gu, 32.1% voting stations were relocated and the voting rate fell 5.3%, marking the average level. In Dongdaemun-gu, however, 31.4% voting stations were relocated and the voting rate dropped 6.4%, 1.1% lower than the average.

Former Rep. Jeong said “areas like Gangnam-gu, Songpa-gu, Seocho-gu are planned area dense with apartments. Relocated voting stations are easy to find out as a result. But areas like Dongdaemun-gu are mixed with naturally inhabited towns, which makes it troubling to find out new locations when voting stations are relocated.”

In Guro-gu, 31.9% voting stations were relocated and the voting rate dropped 6.9%, lower than the average. In Geumcheon-gu, 42.1% of voting stations were relocated or 4 out of 10 voting stations were relocated. As a result, the voting rate plunged 8.3%, 3% lower than the average.

To the contrary, 31.6% of voting stations were relocated in Seocho-gu but the voting rate fell only 1.3% probably because it is a planned area dense with apartments, which makes it easy to find out locations of relocated voting stations.

Former Rep. Jeong pointed out “Of voting stations in Gangnam-gu, only 19.8% were relocated and the voting rate fell just 1.3%, both higher than the average. Also, 25.9% of voting stations were relocated in Songpa-gu and the voting rate fell only 3.9%. They were higher than the average but affected the voting rates anyway.”

Former Rep. Jeong indicated “Voting station relocation directly affects the voting rate. It is not just an inference; it is confirmed by numbers here.” and then continued “many stations were relocated in Seocho-gu but the voting rate was not affected much because it is a planned area packed with apartments.”

Former Rep. Jeong claimed “In areas where Grand National Party (GNP) marked high support rate, voting station relocation rate was lower than the overall average and the voting rate was slightly dented. They recorded high voting rate like the June 2 regional election as a result.”

Former Rep. Jeong also claimed “The voting station relocation in the opposition-leaning areas resulted in comparatively lower votes. Consequently, we can assume that they collected more votes from areas of high GNP support than from areas of the opposition inclination.”

He pointed out that “those who had difficulty in finding out new locations of relocated voting stations must have directly affected the voting rate drop in practice. If we link this with CEMC website paralysis incident, it becomes a very serious case.”

Twitter media ‘YoToNews’ ran by Rho Jong-myeon, former YTN union leader’ suspected on December 5 “25% of voting stations were relocated at 1026 election. Over 40% in some Gangbuk area. Why? Why was there no advertisement article about that? Were they scared of publicizing it? It’s very suspicious. Start of conspiracy?”

‘YoToNews’ also pointed out “Not only voting station; they changed areal jurisdiction for voting stations as well. e.g. 00-dong voting station 1 was the same but the jurisdiction was changed from 1,2,3-tong to 1,4,5-tong. There were so many such examples.” He raised the suspicion of massive ‘vote sabotage’ where CEMC might have participated in.

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