Two proportional representative lawmakers-elect from the United Progressive Party (UPP) have completed the process of registering to become National Assembly lawmakers despite calls from within and without the UPP for their resignation over a rigged primary election in January.
According to the National Assembly office that oversees the registrations, “The registration of lawmakers began on the 12th of last month, and both lawmaker-elect Lee Seok Gi and lawmaker-elect Kim Jae Yeon have already completed theirs. Lee was first to complete the process on the 17th, while Kim completed it on the 24th.
It seems increasingly likely that the two plan to take their seats in the National Assembly irrespective of the doubts being cast on their eligibility for office. In particular, even if the party withdraws its support and kicks them out of the part fold, they will be able to continue as independent lawmakers if they so wish.
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