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A total of 59.9 percent of South Korean citizens have cast votes at the presidential election by 2 p.m. local time (5:00 GMT), National Election Commission (NEC) said. reports citing to Sputnik a total of 13,964 polling stations have been opened around the country, where 42,479,710 voters were registered. The elections will end at 8 p.m.

A total of 13 hopefuls are taking part in the presidential race after two nominees dropped out. The two main rivals are Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea and Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party, according to various polls.

The vote is taking place less than two months after President Park Geun-hye was ousted following a corruption scandal that also led to her arrest.

The new president of South Korea will take office on May 10, immediately after the confirmation of the results by the NEC.

2017.05.09 / 12:29
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