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  • Seoul to Decide Next Year’s KRW 30 billion-municipal Projects by Citizen’s Online Vote

  • Press Releases SMG 302
    • The Seoul Metropolitan Government holds a three-week citizen’s vote to select the final Citizen’s Participatory Budgeting projects from August 9 to 28.
    • Among 1,997 projects proposed by citizens, 35.8 billion won worth of 54 projects closely related to citizens’ daily lives, such as parks, the Hangang River, and transportation, were selected for the voting after having around 80 meetings
    • Citizens who want to vote may visit the Citizens’ Participatory Budgeting website, participate in the vote using “mVoting”, or one of the 21 autonomous districts’ offices where has an offline voting booth.
    • Each citizen is allowed to vote for up to five projects.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 19, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will take online vote to decide its KRW 30 billion-municipal projects for next year that will be implemented through the Citizen’s Participatory Budgeting (PB), a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary citizens decide how to allocate part of a municipal budget.

    The city government invited the citizens to propose PB projects in February of this year by holding a public contest. Its relevant departments reviewed the proposals while the privatepublic budget support committee discussed, deliberated, and screened their feasibilities with having around 80 rounds of meetings from May to July. The committee consists of 657 experts, civil servants, and citizens from 18 fields. And then, since August 9, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been holding a three-week citizen vote in order to select the final projects.

    Among 1,997 projects proposed by citizens, 35.8 billion won worth of 54 projects were selected for the voting. They are closely related to citizens’ daily lives, such as parks, the Hangang River, safety, transportation, environment, and culture. Through the vote, a 30 billion won worth of projects will be finally decided.

    Citizens who want to vote may visit the Citizens’ Participatory Budgeting website(https://yesan.seoul.go.kr) or participate in the vote using “mVoting”(https://mvoting.seoul.go.kr), an app that allows electronic voting on their mobile phone. They may also visit one of the 21 autonomous districts’ offices where has an offline voting booth.

    The city government will also allow the citizens to vote for outstanding PB projects among the ones that have been completed or have been implementing from 2013 to this year in a bid to select and award them later.

    The result of the vote will be announced on August 28. The finally selected projects will be reflected in the 2022 budget of the Seoul Metropolitan Government in October and finalized at the end of the year after the Seoul Metropolitan Council’s deliberation and decision in November.

    A citizen, who suggested a PB proposal but asked to identify himself/herself as “Kim,” said, “It was a fun and special experience to participate in the budgeting process of the city government. Thanks to this participation, I learnt how many processes should be gone through to make a policy and decide a budget. I also got to know administrative difficulties the government has. Although I had difficult times in the first half of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I spent the time well because of this experience. When I see the policy and budget suggested by myself implemented next year, I, as one citizen of Seoul, will feel rewarded.”

    Lee Won-mok, Director-General of Citizen Cooperation at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “I would like to thank every citizen who suggested next year’s PB projects and joined the discussion process in the face of difficult situations because of COVID-19. Each of the suggested projects was very meaningful in terms of creating a culture of taking care of the underprivileged and a social environment to ensure the city’s diversity while reducing the gap between the haves and the have-nots.” He added, “We ask many citizens to participate in the vote so that excellent projects that are essential for citizens’ daily lives can be selected.”