The teen candidate vying for votes in S. Korea's election

STORY: Zipping up a bright yellow campaign jacket, and slipping on a sash with her name on it, teenager Noh Seo-jin is suited up for the last day of her campaign for political office in South Korea.

She's one of seven young people running for public office on Wednesday.

And at 19, she hopes to become the youngest member of Seoul's city council.

"I decided to run in the local elections to discuss and solve the problems affecting the younger generation that existing politicians have not talked about so far."

Noh has been a member of the country's Justice Party for four years, and is now the head of its youth committee.

This is South Korea's first local election since the minimum age for local government council members and leaders was lowered in December to 18 from 25.

Both major parties are running teenage candidates, keen to curry favor with the youth vote - which has proven volatile.

Noh, herself, juggles her campaigning work with her university studies and, ever since she launched her candidacy, has been wearing a suit to her classes at Seoul's Soongsil University.

She's running on a campaign pledge to advocate for young people, who she says have had little representation on the issues that affect them, like education and climate change.

"Ironically, the young generation is the most affected class even though we have not caused much of the climate crisis. To address inequality caused by this climate crisis, I want to create policies that reduce carbon emissions in the time of climate crisis, such as guaranteeing vegetarian options from public schools and expanding free

public transportation."

The average member of South Korea's parliament is 55 years old so some analysts say the teenage candidates are generally not well-positioned to win their races.

But to those who say she lacks experience, Noh points out that South Korea's president himself only entered politics last year before he went on to be elected in March - and that she's actually got a longer political career than him.

"Just because I'm young doesn't mean the lack of ability. I am a politician who has been well trained and I've grown within the Justice Party in the past four years with all sorts of experiences and achievements."

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