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North Korea had an election yesterday. Guess who won.

In the absence of any competing candidates, voters are simply required to mark “Yes” next to the name on the ballot sheet.

Voters line up to cast their ballots to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday.
Voters line up to cast their ballots to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday.
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NORTH KOREA STATE media confirmed today that there was a 100 percent victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country’s stage-managed parliamentary election.

Every single vote cast on Sunday in Kim’s constituency was for the man who can now add MP to his many titles that include Supreme Commander of the armed forces and chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission.

“All the voters of the constituency took part in voting and 100 percent of them voted for Kim Jong-Un,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

“This is an expression of… people’s absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong-Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him, holding him in high esteem,” it said.

Election

Sunday’s ballot was an election in name only.

Each of the nearly 700 constituencies had only one state-sanctioned candidate, ensuring a foregone conclusion in every case.

Voting was mandatory and state media said all registered voters across the country — except for those based overseas — took part.

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Elections to the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) are held every five years, and this was the first under Kim’s leadership. He took over after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il, in December 2011.

- © AFP, 2014

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