Wednesday, December 12, 2007

AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Six candidates to hold televised debate tonight

AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Six candidates to hold televised debate tonight:
"Campaign watchers and media analysts say, however, that the debate will bear little impact on undecided voters

The Korea Times
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
By Kang Hyun-kyung

Six presidential candidates will hold the first round of a television debate series today about political affairs, diplomacy, reunification and security, the National Election Commission (NEC) said. The two-hour debate will be aired by national television networks. The six are Chung Dong-young of the United New Democratic Party (UNDP); Lee Myung-bak of the Grand National Party (GNP); Kwon Young-ghil of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP); Rhee In-je of the Democratic Party (DP); Moon Kook-hyun of the Creative Korea Party (CKP); and independent Lee Hoi-chang. Each candidate will be given 20 minutes to present their policies and discuss the issues. Two more rounds of TV debate are scheduled to take place on Dec. 11 in the areas of social affairs, education, culture and gender issues, and on Dec. 16 in the fields of economy, labor, social welfare, and science and technology, according to the NEC. Campaign watchers said the impact of televised debates on the presidential race has gradually decreased over the past decade."

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