Kim Jong Un Grabs 100% of Vote in 'Election'

Turnout was 100%, too
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2014 5:03 AM CDT
People gather to watch a performer sing near an election site in the Central District near Taedong Gate, in Pyongyang, North Korea yesterday.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
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(Newser) – In results that may have been influenced by the likelihood of dissenting voters being shot or sent to labor camps along with their families, Kim Jong Un has won a landslide victory in what passes for an election in North Korea. The country's official news agency says the leader won his parliamentary constituency with 100% of the vote and 100% turnout. As in the country's other 686 constituencies, there was only one name on the ballot in Kim's district, and the only choice offered voters was "Yes" or "No," reports the BBC.

"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," proclaimed the official news agency. The election of deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly functions more as a political census than an election, the New York Times notes, though analysts will be eying the results for signs of a generational shift in the country's leadership. The full results have yet to be released, though last time around the country said all candidates won 100% support, with a turnout of 99.98%. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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