The President’s Duty to Stay Neutral During Elections (in Korea)

It’s actually surprisingly difficult to find online the actual stated reasons why the Korean National Assembly impeached former President Roh back in 2004. People’s memory of that event was more or less that the impeachment came about because entrenched (and entitled) politicians just didn’t like the outspoken Roh and wanted him out. Another informative article from KLawGuru sheds light on that and more.



Bill Maher recently interviewed President Obama. (The interview took place a few days before Election Day.) During one part of the interview, President Obama explains to people/viewers why it’s important to vote for Clinton. This would not be lawful here (in South Korea) because all public officials/employees have a duty to refrain from trying to unreasonably influence elections via publicly endorsing/supporting any specific party/candidate.

Public Official Election Act (공직선거법)

Article 9 (Responsibilities of Public Officials for Neutrality)
(1) A public official or a person who is required to maintain political neutrality (including within an agency or organization) shall not exercise any unreasonable influence over the election or perform any act likely to have an effect on the election result.
(2) Where it is deemed that any violation of this Act is committed, the public prosecutor (including the military prosecutor) or national police officer (including prosecutory investigators and military judicial policemen)…

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