People of North Korea have voted in a general election to the rubber-stamp legislature, known as the Supreme People’s Assembly, on Sunday. In the namesake-election, however, people are not provided with choices of candidates. They vote for just one approved name.
Held in a carnival atmosphere in Pyongyang, the election has only a symbolic value as a means to legitimise the communist dictatorial regime. Although voters have the option to cross on the ballot paper and reject the candidate, it’s a practice that has been unknown.
Although a voter has the option to vote in private at the booth, after getting the ballot, doing so would immediately raise suspicion.
It’s Election Day in North Korea. The ballot papers only have one name on them. pic.twitter.com/a1x8nlzNBR
— Sebastien Berger (@slhberger) March 10, 2019
The turnout in North Korean elections are usually above 99% and each candidate secures 100% votes. The voting is mandatory for anyone aged 17 and above. The elections also work as a de-facto census for the authorities, who could also get to find any defectors who may have left the country.
Election Day in #NorthKorea. Embassies were invited to visit this polling station near #KimIlSung University in #Pyongyang. Voters get to pick one candidate by dropping the voting slip in the box. I was told the pencil (on the box) lets voters reject the candidate if they wish pic.twitter.com/fUTtjfr8cT
— Colin Crooks (@ColinCrooks1) March 10, 2019
This is the second such election since Kim Jong-un took over.