South Korean presidential election, 1978

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South Korean presidential election, 1978

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Nominee Park Chung-hee
Party Democratic Republican
Electoral vote 2,578
Percentage 99.96%

President before election

Park Chung-hee
Democratic Republican

Elected President

Park Chung-hee
Democratic Republican

Two-stage presidential elections were held in South Korea in May and July 1978, the second elections held under the framework of the Yushin Constitution. Members of the National Council for Reunification electoral college were elected on 18 May and proceeded to elect the president on 6 July. Incumbent President Park Chung-hee was elected, as in 1972, without opposition. Elections to the National Council for Reunification, an electoral college specified by the constitution, took place on 18 May, and Park Chung-hee was subsequently elected with the support of 2,578 members out of 2,581. One vote was declared invalid, the two remaining delegates were not present.[1] Park Chung Hee would continue in office for just over a year before his assassination on 26 October 1979 and the subsequent collapse of the Yushin system.

National Council for Reunification election

The 2,581 Deputies to the Second National Council for Reunification were elected on 18 May 1978, with a voter turnout of 79%.

Presidential results

By the time of the presidential election, one deputy had resigned from office and another had died, meaning there were a total of 2,581 deputies in office on the day of the presidential election. 2,578 of the deputies participated in the presidential election, while three abstained.

All 2,577 votes that were counted had been correctly cast for the sitting President and the only candidate they had the option to vote for: Park Chung-hee. One vote was invalidated due to misspelling of Park's name.

Candidate Party Votes %
Park Chung-hee Democratic Republican 2,578 99.96
Invalid/blank votes 1 0.04
Total 2,579 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,581 99.92


  1. ^ Kleiner, J. (2001) Korea: A Century of Change. World Scientific. p. 164.
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