‘Loaning of lawmakers’ to satellite political parties is likely to be repeated… ‘6 seats’ Green Justice, variable whether satellite party joins or not
The battle to win the party symbol ‘No. 3’ in this 22nd general election is expected to be more intense than ever.
As the semi-linked proportional representation system was maintained, the two major parties, the ruling and opposition parties, began creating satellite parties, and the four political forces in the third zone that left the two parties united into a new reform party.
As this general election is expected to be crowded with political parties as in the last general election, who occupies the top of the ballot paper is analyzed as an important factor that can affect the election report card.
Party symbols are determined based on the number of seats for each party as of the candidate registration deadline (March 22).
Currently, the third party in the National Assembly following the Democratic Party of Korea (164 seats) and the People Power Party (113 seats) is the Green Justice Party, which holds 6 seats.
However, with more than a month left until the candidate registration deadline, each political party is expected to engage in a battle of wits for the third symbol position.
The most ambitious place is the New Reform Party.
It has four active members (Lee Won-wook, Kim Jong-min, Yang Hyang-ja, and Cho Eung-cheon), so it is closest to the status of a third party at the moment.
They are confident that if the lawmakers who were eliminated in the nomination process of the two major parties join, they will be able to hold an election under symbol number 3.
In particular, they are already sending out ‘love calls’ to potential defectors as they secretly welcome the situation where the ‘sacrifice theory of the middle class’ is gaining strength in the People Power Party and the ‘theory of responsibility for the birth of Yoon Seok-yeol’s regime’ in the Democratic Party.
In an interview on the 9th, CEO Lee Jun-seok said, “I am confident of the plan to increase the number of seats to 6 to 7,” and said, “I will be able to go to the negotiating group when the time comes to confirm the sign.”
Representative Lee Nak-yeon appeared on SBS Radio on the 13th and asked whether he plans to accept pro-Moon (Pro-Moon Jae-in) and senior lawmakers who are leaving the Democratic Party, as well as senior lawmakers who are leaving the People Power Party, he answered, “Of course. Unless there is a critical flaw.”
An official from the New Reform Party said in a phone call, “We are currently communicating with both the People Power Party and Democratic Party members,” and claimed, “There are signs that unfair nominations will be carried out by both parties, so there will be 20 seats by mid-March.”
How many lawmakers the two major parties send to satellite parties is also a variable in the battle for number 3.
Even during the 20th general election in 2020, the two major parties ‘loaned lawmakers’ to satellite parties in order to secure advantageous party preferences, and were criticized as a political ‘trick’.
The Democratic Party, which was the largest party at the time, and the United Future Party (now the People Power Party), which was the second largest party, did not run separate candidates for proportional representation, and created proportional satellite parties, the Citizens’ Party and the Future Korea Party, respectively.
Accordingly, symbols 1 and 2 disappeared from the proportional election ballot, and the Minsaeng Party, which had 20 active members, received symbol 3 and occupied the highest space on the ballot paper.
The Future Korea Party, which received 17 seats from the United Future Party, was assigned symbol number 4, and the Citizens’ Party of Korea, which received 8 seats from the Democratic Party, was assigned symbol number 5.
The movements of the Green Justice Party, currently the third party, are also of interest.
The Green Justice Party has not yet decided whether to join the opposition-integrated proportional party, a satellite party led by the Democratic Party and in which the New Progressive Alliance has declared participation.
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