SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of â€” South Koreans began early voting Thursday in the election to replace ousted President Park Geun-hye.
Early voters can cast ballots Thursday and Friday at about 3,510 polling stations across the country before the election next Tuesday, the National Election Commission said in a statement.
It's South Korea's first presidential election with early voting after introducing it for parliamentary and mayoral elections in recent years, the statement said.
Pre-election surveys show liberal candidate Moon Jae-in comfortably leading his two main rivals â€” a centrist and a conservative.
The winner will be sworn in as the new president immediately, forgoing the usual two-month transition. Park's impeachment and removal from office changed South Korea's election schedule, so the new president will serve one full five-year term.
Park is currently jailed at a detention
The Associated Press