11 Mar 2014

Kim wins every vote to become an MP

9:51 am on 11 March 2014

North Korea's state media have confirmed a 100 percent, no-abstention win for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country's parliamentary election.

The member for Mt Paektu.

The member for Mt Paektu. Photo: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS

"All the voters of the constituency took part in voting and 100 per cent of them voted for Kim Jong-Un," the North Korea's official KCNA news agency says.

"This is an expression of...people's absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong-Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him, holding him in high esteem."

AFP reports that Mr Kim stood as an uncontested candidate in constituency number 111, Mt Paektu. Koreans have traditionally attributed divine status to the mountain; according to the North's official propaganda, Mr Kim's father Kim Jong-Il was born on its slopes.

Sunday's ballot, for which voting was mandatory, was an election in name only. Each of the nearly 700 constituencies had only one state-sanctioned candidate, ensuring a foregone conclusion in every case.

Elections to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) are held every five years. This was the first since Mr Kim took over the reins of power after the death of his father in December 2011.

The SPA only meets once or twice a year, mostly for a day-long session, to rubber-stamp budgets or other decisions made by the powerful ruling Workers' Party.