South Koreans head to the polls to choose a new president Tuesday amid concerns about the economy, corruption and their relationship with North Korea.
The hasty election comes after Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, was impeached in a corruption scandal that allegedly connected her to business giants Samsung and the Lotte Group
Many voters say they're angry at Park — once known as the "people's princess" — and are ready for transparency.
"The electorate wants to punish the whole party for the misrule of the Park era," said John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University.
The Democratic Party's Moon Jae-in, who ran against Park and lost in 2012, is seen as a "clean" candidate
and has led most polls ahead of the vote.
More than 11 million people — about 26% of the electorate — have already participated in early voting, according to the national election committee.
The Constitutional Court's March decision to uphold Park's impeachment sparked violent protests that left three people dead
, though the pro- and anti-Park demonstrations in following days were peaceful.
Park has since been indicted
for bribery and abuse of power.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is serving as acting president until the election's winner is inaugurated.