North Korea’s post-reform elections looked a lot like those that came before
State media again reported near 100% turnout but acknowledged votes against chosen candidates for first time in decades
North Koreans went to the polls for the first time in several years over the weekend, and while the DPRK revealed procedural changes ahead of the vote, the published results showed that it was far from a free or fair election.
State media once again claimed nearly perfect voter turnout, with only a small portion of the electorate unable to cast ballots because they were overseas.
But North Korea did acknowledge for the first time since the 1950s that a small minority of voters cast ballots against the single candidate that ran in their districts
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