August 1960 South Korean presidential election

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South Korean presidential election, August 1960

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  Yun Bo-seon.jpg Kim Chang Sook.jpg
Nominee Yun Bo-seon Kim Chang-sook
Party Democratic Democratic
Electoral vote 208 29
Percentage 82.2% 11.5%

President before election

Heo Jeong (acting)
Democratic Party

Elected President

Yun Bo-seon
Democratic Party

Indirect presidential elections were held in South Korea on 12 August 1960, which saw the election of Yun Bo-seon as President of the Republic of Korea. Held after the April Revolution which had forced the resignation of Syngman Rhee, they were the only such elections to be held during the Second Republic, which folded after Park Chung Hee's May Coup the next year. The elections was indirect, with a joint session of the House of Commons and Senate, which had been elected in June, acting as an electoral college. The winning candidate required the assent of two thirds of the members of both houses.[1] Yun Bo-seon was elected with 82.2% of the vote, standing for the Democratic Party and representing its "Old Guard" faction. His closest competitor was Kim Chang Sook, a Confucian leader, who received 11.5%.[1]


Candidate Party Votes %
Yun Bo-seon Democratic Party 208 82.2
Kim Chang Sook 29 11.5
Baek Nak-jun 3 1.2
Byeon Yeong-tae 3 1.2
Kim Do-yeon 2 0.8
Heo Jeong 2 0.8
Kim Pyeung-roh 1 0.4
Kim Shi-hyeon 1 0.4
Na Yeong-gyun 1 0.4
Bak Sun-cheon 1 0.4
Yu Ok-woo 1 0.4
Lee Chul-seung 1 0.4
Total 253 100
Registered voters/turnout 291 86.9


  1. ^ a b Korea Affairs Institute. The Voice of Korea, Vols. 16–19. p. 14.

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