Only Winners in N.Korean Local Elections

      July 27, 2011 13:54

      Candidates in local elections in North Korea were elected with 100 percent of the vote, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

      The turnout rate among registered eligible voters was an equally implausible 99.7 percent. KCNA added that those who were unable to vote either live abroad or work on the high seas.

      A North Korean women receives a ballot to vote at a polling station in Pyongyang (file photo).

      Voters in North Korea are given a choice of either voting for or against a single candidate endorsed by the state in the constituency. To vote yes, they simply post a blank ballot paper, but to vote no they have to cross out the name of the candidate.

      "It's difficult to vote against the candidate because there are people watching right behind the voters," as a North Korean defector said.

      The news agency said 28,116 "laborers, farmers and intellectuals" were elected to people's assemblies at provincial and city levels.

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