Pre election day

To quote my wise friend, Erin, “Only in Korea does having a group of ridiculous looking dancers who block traffic actually improve a candidate’s chances of winning.”

This is odd, yet true.

At this very moment, while the rain comes down outside my window, I can hear the chants in support of candidate #2, #3, #4…

The volunteers are dedicated and relentless, crossing each street with each green light, Abbey Road style, bowing to all the waiting cars.

On this eve of the elections for the Korean National Assembly, all candidates and supporters are out in full force, on every city block, dressed in appropriate color and numbering schemes. (“The National Assembly has 299 members elected for a four-year term, 245 in single-seat constituencies and 54 members by proportional representation.” Thanks Wikipedia).

Songs and chants (very similar to the Lotte Giants chants) can be heard outside the window, daily, between 6 and 7:30.

Unlike the US bipartisan system, Korea has a number of candidates representing different parties and belief systems. Now that’s something I can really get behind. That, and having the day off work tomorrow. Thanks voting day.