An increasing number of people are complaining of fatigue from phone calls to encourage voting by presidential candidate Huh Kyung-young of the National Revolutionary Party. Famous singer Phil Kim also complained, “Please stop calling me.”
Yesterday (16th), through his Instagram story, Phil Kim wrote, “Please stop calling me. Candidate,” while capturing and uploading a number and a call log starting with the ’02’ area code. The number he captured was used to encourage candidate Huh Kyung-young to vote.
The so-called ‘Heo Kyung-young phone’ started in November of last year. Candidate Heo’s side is diverting a 10-second phone call that starts with “Hello.
The calls are continuing from personal cell phones and hospital emergency rooms.
In particular, this phone call made the students angry at the end of December last year. At that time, it was a period during which universities announced the successful applicants and guided the final registration, because there were many students who were confused by Candidate Heo’s phone call.
University applicants located in Seoul, who had been waiting for calls starting with ’02’, complained about Candidate Heo’s calls. They criticized, “It feels like I went back and forth between hot and cold baths for a few seconds”, “I cleaned up my mind, but the phone call by Heo Kyung-young turned everything upside down”, and “What are you going to do if you do not receive an additional pass call because of this call?”
However, the ‘Heo Kyung-young phone call’ itself is not illegal. The Public Official Election Act stipulates that “anyone may engage in an act soliciting participation in voting.” In other words, as long as Candidate Huh does not say to support him, it is not against the law.
In some areas, there is a controversy over privacy infringement, but it has been investigated that there is no such thing.
Candidate Heo’s side does not secure a specific individual’s phone number to make a call, but instead asks a professional company to randomly extract a number and then randomly rotates the call. It is known that it will cost about 120 million won if 12 million calls are made.