Korean politics is in flux due to the congressional election in April. Past elections in Korea were very ordinary. Expected politicians (such as people participating in political parties) were the only people who were coming out. A lot of candidates are renowned for their active community service and contribution to public welfare.
Compared to the past elections, a number of people, such as social-media stars, bodybuilders, and a former wrestling champion, are planning to run as a candidate in 2016’s election.
There exist positive and negative arguments about this election. Positive side argue that every Korean citizen who is older that 25 can participate in the election. The other side is saying that, politics is the subject where making decisions is very important, people who is professional in this area is the one who should participate in the election.
An anonymous political consultant said, “Politicians are the people who represent the country, which means they are the ones who will maintain the government. If non-professional people become politicians, it can possibly complicate the whole system of politics and the work of the government.”
On the other hand, Lee Kyu-jin, a South Korean citizen, said, “All citizens in Korea, who are older than 25 can participate in the election. This is the law. If only limited people can participate in the election, it is not representing the whole citizenry.”
This upcoming election may be the turning point of South Korea’s government and political system.