Thursday, February 5, 2009

Overseas Koreans get voting rights - The Korea Herald

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: Overseas Koreans get voting rights

The National Assembly yesterday passed bills granting overseas Korean nationals voting rights in presidential elections and the proportional representation section of general elections.

Under the bills, all Korean citizens abroad aged 19 or more, including those with permanent residency in foreign countries, will be eligible.

Election-related laws had limited voting rights to Korean citizens whose residence was registered in Korea.

The Constitutional Court ruled the restriction unconstitutional in June 2007, saying that the laws infringed on overseas Koreans' rights to vote and to equal treatment, and ordered them to be revised by the end of last year.

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