Once the polls are closed at each polling station, ballots boxes are transported to one or two counting centers established by election commissions per local government unit within 0.5 to 1 hour.
Korea, NEC, Public Official Election Act (as amended in 26 July 2017) [the text of the new bill passed on 27 December 2020 is not available online], accessed 10 April 2020
Article 170 (Sending Ballot Boxes, etc.)
(1) Any official in charge of voting management shall send the ballot box, keys thereof, voting record, and remaining ballot papers to the competent Gu/Si/Gun election commission, without delay after voting is closed.
Article 178 (Proceeding of Ballot Counting)
(1) The ballot counting and the calculation of votes shall proceed under classifications by voting district.
(2) In order to make it easier to count ballot papers, a Gu/Si/Gun election commission may sort ballot papers into valid votes and invalid votes or sort ballot papers for each candidate (referring to a political party in cases of an election of proportional representative National Assembly members or an election of proportional representative local council members) or may use machines or electronic computer systems necessary for computing. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 12267, Jan. 17, 2014>