North Koreans Just Voted-but Not for Kim Jong Un

North Koreans Just Voted-but Not for Kim Jong Un

North Koreans Just Voted-but Not for Kim Jong Un

An official holds a ballot paper at a voting center at the Pyonyang Number Four Primary School during voting for the Supreme People's Assembly elections in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 10.

North Korea's election has resulted in the expected landslide win for its authoritarian leadership - but in a big first for the country, Kim Jong-un does not appear to have been on the ballot.

State media announced the names of the 687 deputies elected to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) on Tuesday, but Mr Kim's name was not read out.

With participation figures that Western democracies would never achieve, millions of North Koreans head to nationwide polls every five years to elect the rubber-stamp legislature known as the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA).

A total of 687 lawmakers have been elected to the country's parliament as a result of the vote, in which the turnout made 99.99 percent, with all the nominees securing 100 percent of the vote in their constituencies, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

"Single-minded unity" is one of Pyongyang's most enduring slogans and as in 2014, the votes were in the weekend elections were 100% in favor of the named candidates.

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Voting in last Sunday's election was mandatory for all North Korean citizens above the age of 17, even though there was no choice of candidates.

Kim may have chosen not to run; Seoul's unification ministry could be monitoring the situation closely because the event is unprecedented, according to the report.

Earlier on Tuesday The Telegraph claimed Kim had won an "overwhelming" victory in the North Korean election.

Some experts said the decision could be part of Kim's efforts to project himself as a leader of a normal state where the executive and legislative branches are separate. Both of Kim's predecessors, his grandfather and national founder Kim Il-sung and his late father Kim Jong-il, concurrently held parliamentary seats.

The current leader's younger sister and close aide Kim Yo-jong was among the newly elected SPA members, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing Pyongyang state media.

But state media said the turnout was "an expression of the absolute support and trust of all voters in the DPRK government". Each voting slip has only one state-approved candidate on it. "In our socialist system the people vote for the candidate".

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