Kim Jong Un Wins Election

In the first election since Kim Jong Un inherited the leadership of North Korea, he has won the office of deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly in his district. Kim garnered 100% of the vote on Sunday, with a 100% turnout. In other districts across the nation, there was a 99% turnout.  

"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.

Voters in the election have no choice who to vote for — there is only one candidate's name on the ballot for each district. Instead, they have the choice of voting yes or no, and according to official accounts virtually all choose yes. North Korea also typically puts turnout nationwide at over 99%.

The 99% turnout sounds like propaganda, but new election rules have ensured that even defectors in China return to North Korea to cast a vote -no matter who the candidate.

What they were interested in was the stricter voter identification control in the latest election. The defectors in China heard that North Korean authorities would conduct extensive investigations into anybody who did not turn up at a polling station.

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The defector and his colleagues agreed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would scrutinize the election absentees and punish the family members of anybody found to have defected.

The Supreme People’s Assembly meets about once a year, and actually has less power than smaller working bodies supervised by Kim.  -via reddit


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