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N Korea election sees 99.99% turnout: KCNA

AFP  |  Pyongyang 

Turnout in North Korea's single-candidate elections hit 99.99 percent this year, 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 to nationwide polls every five years to elect the rubber-stamp legislature known as the

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.

This year's turnout fell just short of 100 percent as those "abroad or working in oceans" were unable to take part, the North's official agency reported.

Like in 2014, results for the nationwide election held at the weekend came in 100 percent in favour of all named candidates.

"All the electors participated as one in the election to cement our people's power as firm as a rock," said, citing a report released by the

"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.

But leader Kim's younger Kim Yo Jong was among the newly elected according to the South's Yonhap agency, citing

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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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 11:40 IST