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Government “zero tolerance for illegal activities in general elections… “I will reveal the background and hold them accountable.”

Minister of the Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min (right) and Justice Minister Park Seong-jae are announcing a public statement on the 22nd National Assembly election at the Sejong Government Complex in Sejong City on the 28th. 2024.03.28. Newsis

Ahead of the 22nd National Assembly election, the government said, “We have done our best to create a fair and transparent election environment in cooperation with the National Election Commission so that people can vote with confidence.”

Minister of the Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min and Justice Minister Park Sung-jae jointly announced a statement to the public at the Seoul Government Complex on the morning of the 28th, when the official election campaign period began.

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Minister Lee said, “In order to manage fairness in voting and counting, we ensured that key election management tasks were handled by public officials, and the participation of foreigners was fundamentally excluded.” He added, “As for the sections where early voting ballots are sent by mail, we have completed arrangements so that police can accompany and escort all sections.”

Minister Lee also said, “By installing large monitors at provincial and provincial election commissions, anyone can visit and see at any time how advance ballots are stored until the counting day.” He added, “Security measures for counting equipment such as ballot sorters have been completed, and the verification process has also been implemented.” “It was introduced,” he explained. He emphasized, “We will spare no efforts and support during the remaining period to ensure that this election is conducted fairly and transparently and leads to national unity and social integration.”

Minister Park announced that he would strictly investigate all illegal acts that occurred during the election process by applying a zero-tolerance principle. He said that he would focus on the publication of false facts, black propaganda, bribery, illegal intervention in elections by public officials and organizations, and election-related violence, and that he would thoroughly crack down and punish by mobilizing all government capabilities.

In addition, Minister Park emphasized that he will uncover the truth and hold those behind the scenes accountable for fake news, false propaganda, and election violence crimes committed against candidates by abusing artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technology. At the same time, he asked, “The public should also cooperate with mature civic consciousness to prevent illegality and foul play.”

Kim So-young, Donga.com reporter [email protected]

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