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North Koreans vote in rubber-stamp elections
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:06:53 AM »
Via the BBC:

North Koreans are going to the polls in a five-yearly election to approve members of the rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly.

Each of the 687 districts has only one candidate running for office, with electors required to write only "yes" or "no" on the ballot paper.

Campaign posters across the capital, Pyongyang, have urged a "yes" vote.

Observers say the candidate list is an opportunity to see who is in or out of favour with the leadership.

In the last election in 2009, turnout was 99%, with 100% of votes in favour of the given candidates.

The election is the first to be held under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, who came to power in December 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

Mr Kim is reportedly registered as a candidate in Mount Paekdu, venerated in party propaganda as the birthplace of Kim Jong-il.

The vote is being held in a holiday atmosphere in the capital, Pyongyang, with performances taking place in the street.

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