At first glance, the Ritual that takes place every five years in North Korea looks like a real choice: There are registers of voters, sealed ballot boxes and people to monitor the counting. In the polling booths of lead pins are provided, with which the inhabitants are not able to the name of the candidate by stroking, if it suits you – but nobody does. “Stay away, or a different vote is counted as a betrayal,” writes the North Korean refugees-organized web site “Daily NK” in South Korea.

no one rejects candidates

“In our society, all the people in unanimous unity gather around the revered Supreme leader,” said the election official Ko Kyong Hak, the news Agency AFP before the election in a local cable factory in Pyongyang. The participation in the election was a civic duty, said Ko, “and there are no people who oppose a candidate.”

the composition of The Parliament was before. The government of leader Kim Jong-Un had been pre-selected to exactly one candidate per constituency. 687. Against candidates, there was not even anything other than the approval by the voters is not provided. According to the “Daily NK” had to pay the citizen in the Choose and even for the establishment of the polling stations.

About the vote, a touch of the festive mood was in Pyongyang. Children with red scarves, marched through the streets, in front of the polling stations were playing, the musicians, the women in traditional Korean costume, danced in the voting. The 18-year-old Student, Kuk Dae Kwon told the news Agency AFP that he was glad to be able to for the first Time to join in: “In this choice we consolidate the unanimous unity of the Supreme leader, and also show the world the advantages of socialism.” In an interview with foreign media, North Korean citizens are always the official government line.

North Korea’s Parliament powerless

at 18 had to work according to the state news Agency KCNA, all the people in all the constituencies, their vote – “to those who live abroad or on the high seas.” In the last parliamentary election in March 2014, all the candidates with one hundred percent approval, had been elected according to official figures.

Some of the seats in Parliament are traditionally reserved for two smaller parties, the social democratic party of Korea and the religious Chongdu-party. Both exist according to estimates by diplomats, but only on paper. North Korea’s Parliament, the Supreme people’s Assembly, is virtually powerless and is usually convened only to one or two occasions in the year, budget templates, and personnel decisions of state-a ‘rubber stamp’ management.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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