Mayoral election candidates make final appeals

South Korea is set to hold mayoral elections in the capital Seoul and the country's second largest city, Busan, on Wednesday.

Candidates of the ruling and opposition camps are facing off in both cities. The elections are seen as an important precursor to the country's presidential election next March.

Seoul mayoral candidates made speeches on the streets of the capital on the last day of campaigning on Tuesday.

Park Young-sun, the candidate of the ruling Democratic Party, which backs President Moon Jae-in, said her party must win for Seoul to leap forward and South Korea to develop.

The candidate for the main opposition People Power Party, Oh Se-hoon, said it is time to hand down a judgment on the hypocritical and incompetent government.

In early voting on April 2 and 3, 21.95 percent of the voters in Seoul and 18.65 percent in Busan cast ballots. Both figures are record highs for the cities' mayoral elections.