Everyone votes for one candidate: North Korea holds general elections

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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.

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.

This is the second such election since Kim Jong-un took over.

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