On the night of the 10th, the Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Nak-yeon, former representative camp, issued a statement in the name of co-election chairperson Seol-hoon and Hong Young-pyo, saying, “In the night of the 10th, all members of the Lee Nak-yeon inevitable camp held an emergency meeting to discuss the handling of invalid votes for the party’s presidential election. We have decided to formally submit the objection to the National Election Commission in accordance with the prescribed procedure.”
In addition, “Lee Nak-yeon’s Inevitable Camp has repeatedly raised the point that the handling of invalid votes in the event of a mid-term resignation of a presidential candidate is directly contrary to the main purpose of the introduction of a runoff ballot,” he said. We plan to formally receive the application form from the Party Election Commission,” he said.
Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung was elected as the final candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential election by winning 50.29% of the votes in the Democratic primary.
The former president’s assertion that if included in the total number of votes, including 23,731 votes of former Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, who resigned midway, and 4441 votes of Rep. Kim Doo-kwan, Lee’s final cumulative vote rate was 49.30%, less than the majority. will be According to the Democratic primary rules, if there is no majority of the votes, the first and second place candidates must vote in a runoff.
Previously, the Democratic Party’s Central Party Election Commission decided to exclude the votes of former Prime Minister Jeong and other candidates from the total number of votes in accordance with Article 59 of the Special Party Rules, which stipulates that ‘votes for resigning candidates will be treated as invalid’.
In a telephone conversation with a reporter on the same day, Lee Sang-min, chairman of the party’s Election Commission, said, “There is no other way to do this because the handling of invalid votes was carried out by the National Election Commission in accordance with the special party rules, and the election committee members unanimously confirmed and implemented it.” However, it cannot be applied otherwise by ignoring the provisions of the special party regulations,” he said.
Regarding the announcement of Lee’s position, Governor Lee said, “There is a party constitutional party rule and I think the party will not make a good decision by properly interpreting it. ” he said.