In 2005, South Korea gave foreign permanent residents with F-5 visas the right to vote in local elections. The upcoming June 13 local elections will be the fourth time for these people to exercise their voting rights since the law revision.n However, the government and the National Election Commission (NEC) are still failing to provide candidate information in other languages, virtually violating the voting rights of foreigners who cannot speak Korean, multiple sources claimed Monday.
Amid the growing influx of foreign workers and permanent residents in Korea, their rights have been expanded in recent years. However, they still have limited access to information about elections. Currently, Korean language proficiency is needed to get information about candidates and go through the voting process.
According to the election commission, it has no plans yet to upload information about the candidates in English. Their official website has an English page that gives information about the elections. Other than that, there are not enough sources to fully inform people about the candidates in other languages.
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