March 27, 2024
Democratic Party of Korea Requires Candidates to Reveal Digital Holdings
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Democratic Party of Korea Mandates Digital Asset Disclosure for Candidates in 2024 Election

The Democratic Party of Korea, currently occupying 167 out of 300 seats in the National Assembly, has implemented a significant policy shift ahead of the 2024 general election. In a bid to underscore the high moral standards of its potential candidates, the party has made it obligatory for aspirants to disclose their digital asset holdings.

According to the local news outlet, News1, this disclosure requirement is part of the party’s broader efforts to enhance transparency and integrity within its ranks. Han Byung-do, the chairman of the Democratic Party’s strategic planning committee, conveyed during a closed-door meeting with journalists that the party is taking proactive steps to scrutinize candidates for conflicts of interest related to virtual assets right from the initial screening stage of the verification committee.

In the event of false reporting or non-compliance with the disclosure mandate, the party reserves the right to revoke the candidacy of the individuals involved. However, Byung-do did not delve into specific consequences related to the ownership of cryptocurrencies or other digital assets.

The information gleaned from these disclosures will not be confined to internal party assessments; rather, it will be made available to the public via a dedicated online platform. This platform will not only showcase details about candidates’ digital asset portfolios but also provide comprehensive insights into their professional backgrounds, educational histories, and legislative plans.

The backdrop to this stringent policy shift includes a past controversy involving a Democratic Party member, Kim Nam-kuk, who faced criticism for once holding a substantial amount—reportedly at least $4.5 million—in Wemix (WEMIX) tokens developed by the South Korean blockchain game developer Wemade. The revelation of Kim’s ownership of Wemix sparked concerns over potential conflicts of interest, insider information usage, and even allegations of money laundering.

This specific case played a role in catalyzing a broader legal initiative in South Korea, necessitating officials to disclose their cryptocurrency holdings. Notably, a parliamentary ethics subcommittee in South Korea voted against expelling Kim from the National Assembly, but he subsequently chose to leave the Democratic Party amid the controversy. As South Korea prepares for the 2024 general elections, this move by the Democratic Party reflects a growing recognition of the need for increased transparency and ethical standards in the realm of digital assets and political representation.

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