Monday 22 December 2014

North Koreans head for the polls - but they don't get to choose who to vote for

Published 09/03/2014 | 09:15

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Reuters

North Korean voters are going to polling stations to elect a new national legislature - although they do not get to choose who to vote for since there is only one candidate per district.

The vote today for the Supreme People's Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un.

The last elections were held in March 2009, when 687 deputies were elected to the assembly. It is the most powerful body under North Korea's constitution, but which in reality has little political power.

The voting is being held in a holiday atmosphere, with national flags hoisted along the streets, women decked out in colourful traditional clothing and dancing events in parks and riversides.

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