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North Koreans vote in parliament 'election'

Published on Mar 9, 2014 12:03 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Koreans voted on Sunday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament - an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang.

Apart from the physical casting of votes, there is nothing democratic about the ballot. The results are a foregone conclusion, with only one approved candidate standing for each of the 687 districts.

State newspapers on Sunday stressed it was the duty of "every single person" to vote in the poll.

The Rodong Sinmun - mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party - said the election would promote North Korea as a "dignified, prosperous and strong socialist powerhouse".

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