Candidate registration for June 1 local elections closes

SEOUL, Candidate registration for next month's local elections closed Friday, with the competition rate hitting a record low, the National Election Commission (NEC) said.

In the June 1 elections, voters will pick 17 metropolitan mayors and provincial governors and 226 heads of lower-level administrative units.

Also up for grabs are 779 seats in metropolitan and provincial councils and 2,602 seats in city, county and municipal district councils.

According to the NEC, a total of 7,580 people filed their candidacies during the two-day registration period that ended Friday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency