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How Singapore and South Korea aim to avoid election infections

Quarantine voting, obligatory masks and other measures planned

South Korea and Singapore are both gearing up for elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/SEOUL -- The coronavirus crisis has delayed elections worldwide, from Asia to Europe and the Americas. But two major Asian countries -- South Korea and Singapore -- are pressing ahead toward national polls.

South Koreans are scheduled to choose National Assembly members next Wednesday. Singapore's schedule is far less certain: It has until April 2021 to hold a general election, but Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can call it when he sees fit and several signals indicate he is preparing to do so.

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