Candidates' Criminal Records to Be Made Public
Criminal records of 1,179 candidates for the April 13 general elections will be made public as early as next Tuesday, touching off a controversy over their qualifications for public posts.
Details about criminal acts committed by the candidates -- 1,040 running in constituencies and 139 on the list of proportional representation -- will be released to the public through the Internet.
Along with candidates' accumulation of wealth, tax evasion and draft dodging, the criminal records are expected to spark hot debates among voters and politicians.
The Ministry of Justice yesterday decided to hand over criminal records of all the candidates to the National Election Commission.
A ministry official said the records will include the history of crimes, which was erased by pardons, reinstatement and suspension of terms.
The ministry ordered the state prosecutor's offices to transfer documents about candidates' criminal records to the election watchdog agency.
Responding immediately to the ministry's decision, the election commission requested its 224 regional chapters to obtain the records of candidates from respective regional prosecutor's offices. …