Protests calling for a formal investigation grows as activists find evidence of vote-rigging and illegal communication features in voting machines

SEOUL, KOREA, June 18, 2020 /Neptune100/ — It’s been more than two months since South Korea’s general election in April, but calls for a formal investigation concerning allegations of fraud in South Korea’s recent general election last April shows no signs of subsiding. In fact, beginning in late May, protests demanding answers concerning these allegations have been held in various cities across South Korea. The protesters, in a nod to the protests for democracy in Hong Kong, dress in black and often use black umbrellas as props in their protests.

The battle for truth behind the Democratic Party’s landslide victory has shifted from debates over statistical anomalies to evidence of physical tampering of voting materials and the voting machines used in the general election.

On May 16th, activists led by Young-man Han, a YouTuber, discovered near Namyangju, a city, various early voting materials along with seals used to cover ballot boxes to protect against tampering with the cast votes. These seals appeared to have been forcibly removed.

On May 21st, Assemblyman Min Gyeong-wook of the Conservative Party presented in a press conference shredded voting papers that were discovered in a wastebasket near an early voting polling station in the Gyeonggi province. He also shared a stack of unmarked early voting ballots and photographs of certain district’s early voting papers that were found in other districts.

On May 28th the National Election Commission (NEC) invited the press to take part in the deconstruction of the voting machines to demonstrate that these machines and corresponding laptops linked to these machines were not equipped with features that allow external communication. However, the activists found NEC’s statements inconsistent as an official from the NEC also stated that it had to use software to disable Local Area Network (LAN) card features, which acts as a door to the network from the computer card features because the laptop providers were unable to remove these themselves.

In the face of growing concerns over alleged vote-rigging, the Blue House and both the main democratic and conservative parties have effectively chosen to ignore the citizens’ demands for a thorough review of the voting results. However, the concerned citizens and activists vow to continue the fight for what they consider to be a historic battle for South Korea’s democracy.

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