Participation in legislative elections in North Korea, during which the voters could not vote in the last weekend than for a single candidate, has climbed to 99.99%, a score that enhances a 99.97% recorded in the previous ballot, according to the official press.
The workers ‘ Party of Korea, chaired by Kim Jong-un, runs a hand iron the democratic people’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of the country with a nuclear weapon.
Every five years, millions of voters are invited to nominate members of the supreme Assembly of the people (ASP), the Parliament of north korea.
There is only one candidate per electoral district, duly pre-approved, so that the result is never in doubt.
This year, the participation rate was nearly 100%, only the voters “who are abroad or working in the sea” not having been able to take part in the vote, said the official agency KCNA.
As in 2014, each of the 687 candidates got 100% of the votes.
“All voters have participated as one man in this election that cements the power of a people as firm as a rock”, has praised KCNA, which quoted a report of the central electoral Committee.
“One hundred percent of them voted in favour of the candidates to the deputation to the ASP recorded in the constituencies policy-relevant”.
A precise list of applicants was not available. But the official television of north korea read the names of the elected officials and the department of south-Korean Unification, which is responsible for relations with the North, the name of Kim Jong-un was not contained therein.
In 2014, the supreme leader of the DPRK had been elected with 100% of the votes in the constituency of Mount Paektu, a volcano at the border with china is revered as the birthplace of mythical of the Korean people.
This apparent lack leaves “puzzled” by analysts.
“It is hard to say with certainty, but it may be that Kim has been calculated that the country would look more normal if he had not had the additional title of deputy while he is already in the highest office,” says Lim Eul-chul, a professor of studies on north Korean at the University Kyungnam.
Kim Jong-un also chairs the Committee on State Affairs, the first organ of the State. But his late grandfather Kim Il-sung — the founder of the DPRK — remains eternal president of North Korea despite his death in 1994.
In contrast, the sister and close associate of Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jong is amongst the new members, according to the south Korean agency Yonhap.
In the total absence of electoral competition, analysts suggest that exercise takes the place of the rite which allows the authorities to claim a popular mandate.