North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first parliamentary elections under Kim Jong Un’s regime. Not surprisingly, 100% of the voters in Kim Jong Un’s district decided not to be sent to prison camps and elected Kim Jong Un to the highest legislative body in North Korea, the Supreme People’s Assembly.
Every five years, North Koreans head to the ballot box and vote in one of 687 districts, each of which has only one candidate as an option. Voters are required to write “yes” or “no” on the ballot. Write “yes” and you live, write “no” and it’s prison camp time. But this year no one will be hauled off to a prison camp (well, not for voting related reasons at least) because Kim received 100% approval from his Mount Paektu constituency.
“This is an expression of all the service personnel and people’s absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
Although the results for the other candidates haven’t been officially announced yet, in the last elections in 2009, the North Korean government reported 99 percent turnout and 100 percent voter support for the given candidates. I think it’s safe to say we can expect the same this time around. Not that the sort of elections even matter – The Supreme People’s Assembly rarely meets and in practice it has little power. The democratic process works!