North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote
Recent plenum referenced election reform, which could ditch single-candidate polls without sacrificing state control
Every few years, North Koreans around the country are expected to turn out to cast votes in elections for local people’s congresses. The elections are a rubber-stamp pretense, with voters only able to select from a single candidate per position, but the DPRK has still held them consistently for the last 25 years, most recently in July 2019.
But while North Koreans should go to the polls between July 21 and Aug. 3, state media has yet to make any mention of preparations for the election, and the silence suggests changes may be underfoot.
The Central Committee plenum
- 01Why it matters if South Koreans personally know a North Korean defector
- 02Reopening in slow motion: The growing risks of North Korea’s two-tiered scheme
- 03North Korea’s election reforms are not the first time voters have had a choice
- 04How North Korea’s move to scrap military deal raises risk of conflict with South
- 05State media review: North Korea extols ‘heroic’ moms raising soldiers for regime
- 06How North Korea’s successful satellite launch could raise tensions in near term
- 07North Korea’s new spy satellite could prevent conflict, but also abet attacks
- 08No signs North Korea testing advanced drones months after propaganda reveal