1979 South Korean presidential election

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South Korean presidential election, 1979

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Nominee Choi Kyu-hah
Party Independent
Electoral vote 2,465
Percentage 96.7%

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Votes of the National Council for Reunification

– Choi Kyu-hah

– Invalid

President before election

Choi Kyu-hah (acting)

Elected President

Choi Kyu-hah

Presidential elections were held on 6 December 1979 following the assassination of Park Chung Hee on 26 October. The electoral college elected in May 1978, the National Council for Reunification, was reconvened and voted by a margin of 2,465 to 84 to confirm former Prime Minister Choi Kyu-hah as the President of the Republic of Korea unopposed; Choi had been acting President since Park's death. 84 votes were declared invalid; a further 11 delegates were not present.[1] While Choi Kyu-hah remained president for eight months, his effective tenure would last for less than a week until Chun Doo-hwan seized power six days later in the coup d'état of December Twelfth.


Candidate Party Votes %
Choi Kyu-hah Independent 2,465 96.70
Invalid/blank votes 84 3.30
Total 2,549 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,560 99.57


  1. ^ Asia Watch Committee (1986). Human Rights in Korea. p. 31.
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