PYONGYANG, North Korea- According to reports coming out of the small rogue nation North Korea has officially declared the winner of its latest election, and the results aren’t too surprising.
As if the people had a choice, they’ve elected the only person who appeared on the ballot as their new dictator and he even won unanimously in his district, which saw 100% turnout.
In a ritualistic election, that’s more of a show for the rest of the world than it is anything else the people of North Korea went to the polls on Sunday to give their stamp of approval to the newly placed deputies for the Supreme People’s Assembly, which is the highest lawmaking body of the country. The “vote” only happens every five years and doesn’t give the people any real options other than saying “yes” or “no” to each candidate.
This is the first such election since the young dictator has taken over the country after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011. In the previous election there were 687 deputies chosen but the complete results for the election Sunday haven’t been released yet.
Analysts from around the world will be watching the young leader’s picks to see if they’re reflective of the generational gap between he and his father while he tried to cement his power and replace old faces with younger ones who will be more loyal to him.
The state-run media was quick to air reports about Kim Jung Un’s dominating “victory” in his district, however. Located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu, his district saw 100% turnout and he didn’t receive one dissenting vote from the entire area and the media fawned over it.
“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.
The ballots only have a single candidates name on them so voters are given the option to approve or disapprove however official accounts have shown that typically everyone who does vote does so by marking “yes” on their ballot and giving their approval. Officials in the small nation say that their turnout is usually 99% or higher in most cases.
Even though it’s the top governing body on paper, the Supreme People’s Assembly only meets once annually and actually has very little power during its down time. When it’s not in session there’s a smaller, but more powerful, governing body called the Presidium that takes over its duties.
There’s no specific date set yet, however the new parliament is slated to convene next month some time.