Turnout in North Korea's single-candidate elections hit 99.99 percent this year, state media said Tuesday -- up from a seemingly unimprovable 99.97 per cent the last time they were held.
With participation figures that Western democracies would never achieve, millions of North Koreans head to nationwide polls every five years to elect the rubber-stamp legislature known as the Supreme People's Assembly.
But with only one approved name on each voting slip in the isolated country, which is ruled with an iron grip by Kim Jong Un's Workers' Party, the result is never in doubt.
Like in 2014, results for the nationwide election held at the weekend came in 100 percent in favour of all named candidates.
"One hundred percent of them cast their ballots for the candidates for deputies to the SPA registered in relevant constituencies," it added.
A detailed list of the 687 candidates was not immediately available.
Critics say the North's election -- with its total absence of electoral competition -- is largely a political rite for enabling the authorities to claim a mandate from the people while reinforcing loyalty to the government and social unity.
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