Democratic Party of Korea leader Lee Jae-myung, left, campaigns for Song Gi-ho, a candidate for the April 10 parliamentary elections, in Songpa Ward, Seoul, March 30. Yonhap

Rival parties geared up their campaigns for the April 10 general elections Sunday, with the ruling People Power Party (PPP) calling for support for the current administration’s reform agenda and the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) seeking to pass judgment on what it called its “incompetence.”The quadrennial race holds significant importance for the PPP as failure to regain a majority could potentially render President Yoon Suk Yeol a lame duck for the remaining three years of his single five-year term. Meanwhile, the DPK aims to retain its parliamentary majority.Observers say the ongoing doctors’ walkout over the government’s increase in medical school admissions will likely have a key impact on voter sentiment, while the overall turnout is also considered a factor determining the election outcome.The PPP emphasized the Yoon administration’s inability to advance its reform agenda over the past two years, attributing it to the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

PPP leader Han Dong-hoon has also voiced the need to “block criminal forces from ruling over law-abiding citizens,” referring to DPK leader Lee Jae-myung’s alleged corruption during his time as Seongnam mayor and Korea Innovation Party leader Cho Kuk’s alleged illegal involvement in his children’s college admissions.Lee, meanwhile, has called for passing judgment on the Yoon administration for “ruining the country and betraying the people,” accusing it of mishandling a series of issues, including the appointment and later resignation of Ambassador to Australia Lee Jong-sup this month.Overseas voting began Wednesday and will continue until Monday, with early voting scheduled for two days, starting Friday.According to a Gallup Korea poll conducted on 1,001 people from Tuesday to Thursday, 40 percent of the respondents said more ruling party candidates should be elected, while 49 percent said more opposition candidates should be elected. The remaining 11 percent withheld their opinion.The survey had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage 스포츠토토존 points at a 95 percent confidence level.