Record Early Voting in Japan

Some 14 million voters in Japan cast their ballots in early voting for the ongoing House of Representatives election, say media reports citing the ministry of internal affairs and communications.

The record 13,984,866 early voters were a 1.56 times increase compared to the 2005 lower house election when 8,962,847 early votes were cast.

Due to the voters’ enormous enthusiasm, turnout could also be higher than the previous general election, in which it reached 67.51 percent, sat reports in the Japanese media.

The current early voting system began in 2004.

The heavy voting comes amid media reports that say electoral odds this time around were stacked in favour of the Opposition Democrats, which could bring an end to the 54 year reign over the country.

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