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South Korean voters must reject politics of division in election

Despite new electoral system, parties are playing to their bases

| South Korea
Election posters of candidates in Seoul, pictured on Apr. 3: the parties are sending out messages that only remind voters of the merit of being a member of a political tribe. (Photo by Yosuke Onchi)

Kwang-Il Yoon is an associate professor of political science and international relations at Sookmyung Women's University.

There are many firsts in South Korea's legislative election being held on April 15. It is the first under a revised electoral system, a mixture of first past the post and party list candidates, and the first with a legal voting age of 18, down from 19.

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