Amazing: Leader of authoritarian gulag state unanimously “elected” with 100 percent voter turnout

posted at 1:21 pm on March 10, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

North Korea’s zealously monitored ritual of forcibly collecting mandatory show “votes” for a show “parliament” every five years began anew on Sunday, and surprise! Via the AP:

With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout. …

Though results for the other seats in the assembly had not yet been announced, North Korea’s media quickly reported Kim had won in his district — located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu — without a single dissenting ballot. …

“This is an expression of all the service personnel and people’s absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

Voters in the election have no choice who to vote for — there is only one candidate’s name on the ballot for each district. Instead, they have the choice of voting yes or no, and according to official accounts virtually all choose yes.

Well. It’s certainly an expression of something, although I don’t know that I’d title it “profound trust.” The state media agency has yet to announce the results for the nearly 700 members of the Supreme People’s Assembly — not that they even matter, because the “votes” for the government-selected, single-candidate ballots are not the basis through which Kim Jong Un is going to be selecting his deputies. Analysts are saying that Kim is looking to institute a shift away from some of the old guard (like the power-player uncle he had executed late last year) in his inner circle and consolidate his power by replacing them with younger, more loyal, and presumably less independently-minded members, via the NYT:

In a country where major military, party and state officials double as legislators, the new parliamentary lineup emerging from Sunday’s election will provide outside analysts a glimpse of who is rising in and falling from Mr. Kim’s favor.

Since he assumed power after the death of his father in December 2011, Mr. Kim has engineered a series of personnel changes and political purges among the elite that outside analysts said were aimed largely at eliminating potential challenges to his rule. The most dramatic purge unfolded in December when Jang Song-thaek, Mr. Kim’s uncle and the second-most powerful man in the North, was executed on charges of corruption and plotting to overthrow Mr. Kim. …

With a newly elected Parliament filled with his own people, Mr. Kim will feel more confident in replacing Mr. Jang, his followers and others who have lost his favor, analysts said.

So, in a nutshell, the only real purposes of this farcical exercise of an “election” are better-coordinated authoritarianism, state-propelled propaganda, and keeping Big-Brotherly close tabs on every man, woman, and child in North Korea. How nice.


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President Choom is soooooo jealous.

RoadRunner on March 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout. …

Throwing your uncle to a pack of starved dogs tends to tamp down requests for write-in ballots.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

President Choom is soooooo jealous.

RoadRunner on March 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I don’t know why the rat-eared wonder would be jealous of unanimous approaval there are whole districts, cities, and states where the filthy bastard won after 115% of registered voters participated.

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Didn’t this same 100% approval rate on over 100 % turnout happen in Philly for Obama?

Vanceone on March 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Nothing implausible about it. If your president executes his uncles by feeding him to hungry dogs and murders his generals by lobbing mortars at them, you’d probably vote for him too.

Khorum on March 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Choose one:

______ Kim Jung Un

______ Kill my familey, please.

BobMbx on March 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I bet it was Rodman’s basketball game that helped push Kim over the top.

Flange on March 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The Choomster is definitely green with electoral envy.

He’s working hard to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a similar electoral system, but it’s a little bit more complicated over here, what with people allowed to have dissenting opinions, and other threats to the state — like the right to keep and bare arms that really cannot be done away with soon enough.

bobcalco on March 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Hillary wants to know his secret…

PatriotRider on March 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

President Choom is soooooo jealous.

RoadRunner on March 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Why would he be? His is already the historic Nobel prize winning first black president. I’m sure that in 2016 he will be happy when he is reelected by 100% of the vote to a historic third term and then as president for life with 112% of the vote.

Lucy43 on March 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

So when will Tommy Friedman intone “If only we could be like North Korea for a day, the things Obama could accomplish!”

GarandFan on March 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

single-mindedly

Yup.

Axe on March 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

he won with the unanimous approval

Queue Inigo Montoya: I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.

aunursa on March 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

As we speak, so to speak, the Democrats have a delegation en route to NK to study their voter turnout machine…

rmkdbq on March 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM

And you better not be the first one to quit clapping…..

tommyboy on March 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Give you a dollar Erika if you swap out the photo you used for this one.

Bmore on March 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Now, this, is how a big league community organizer operates. No wasted effort, no falsification of absentee ballots, no voter registration drives, no bribery, no dead people voting, no ACORN. Pure, smooth efficiency,..a well oiled machine.

butch on March 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Jeepers creepers, we had some of that 100% voting right here in the good ol’ USA voting for Obama in the last two elections yet we are told there was no fraud. I’m still laughing.

mixplix on March 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

That guy standing right behind the prez looks like Obama!

astonerii on March 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Amateur.
 
- DNC

rogerb on March 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Did he celebrate by throwing some Christians to the lions?

NotCoach on March 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

That guy standing right behind the prez looks like Obama!

astonerii on March 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Can’t be. This is how Obama poses for group photos:

http://www.mediaite.com/online/conservatives-crack-case-of-embarrassing-obama-waving-photo/

NotCoach on March 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Were photo ID’s required in order to vote? I don’t see how they could have been with a 100% turnout and the known voter suppression impact of having to identify oneself.

butch on March 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Hitler ‘won’ almost 100% in Austria.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

The Castrols win Cuba, every time.

Putin wins, with huuuuuuge majorities. His opponents eat plutonium.

Btw. he killed Yanukovich…or he’s dying now.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Unexpected

307wolverine on March 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Makes you wonder why they hold elections in the first place. Who is this audience for this propaganda?

Fenris on March 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Speaking of the wonders of Nations under Socialism:

Massive Demonstrations To Rock Venezuela Today
Fed up with waiting in line for food, attacks by paramilitary national guardsmen on teenagers. Today is the largest day of action yet in Venezuela drawing students, medical professionals and the elderly.

It is said many smaller cities will be erecting barricades on major highways, streets and in residential areas to disrupt the government.

This protest today will no doubt be labeled non-existent or small by the Maduro government.
http://weaselzippers.us/178850-massive-demonstrations-rock-venezuela-today/

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Speaking of the wonders of Nations under Socialism Communism:

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

FIFY

NotCoach on March 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM

How long was Caligulas reign? I doubt anyone in NK feels secure, especially fat boy. He will kill his way til those who feel they are next will kill him. Unless China steps in and facilitates an exit of some sort. Fatal hemorrhoid, peanut allergy gone radical.

BL@KBIRD on March 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Wow. Impressive. Kim must be the greatest leader ever. I’ll bet he’s a great orator too.

crankyoldlady on March 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Hitler ‘won’ almost 100% in Austria.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I wonder if it was this kind of ‘Election’:

Crimea “Referendum” Contains NO Option To Remain Part Of Ukraine…Update: Vote To Be “Subjects” Of Russia?
It’s either “independence”(and join Russia) or outright join Russia.
http://weaselzippers.us/178665-crimea-referendum-contains-no-option-to-remain-part-of-ukraine/

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Speaking of the wonders of Nations under Socialism Communism:

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

FIFY

NotCoach on March 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Yes, this is true – but in the end those are just variations on the Organized Evil that is Collectivism.

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I did not see this coming….

Brock Robamney on March 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Yeah, he got 100%, but did he get a 140% turnout in key districts?

The Rogue Tomato on March 10, 2014 at 2:12 PM

what with people allowed to have dissenting opinions, and other threats to the state — like the right to keep and bare arms that really cannot be done away with soon enough.

bobcalco on March 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

For now….
“all in good time my sweetie… cackle cackel”

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The Castrols win Cuba, every time.
Schadenfreude on March 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Well, big oil money can do that for you…
;)

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

BobMbx on March 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Funny how NOBODY wanted to go help the army with their mortar practice.

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Representatives from three Democratic counties in Florida were flown into Pyongyang to oversee the vote counts…

JetBoy on March 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Unfortunately, many people in this country would/will read this and be sincerely impressed.

MT on March 10, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Those who voted against Kim Jong-Un were last seen decomposing a meter under a North Korean farm, thereby doubling its agricultural output.

Steve Z on March 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Those who voted against Kim Jong-Un were last seen decomposing a meter under a North Korean farm, thereby doubling its agricultural output.

Steve Z on March 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Well, they do have those fancy mortar fertilizer spreaders….

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I’m shocked, SHOCKED! The One, surely, will send his sincerest congrats and mail the Munchkin a new Che t-shirt..

vnvet on March 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Apparently there were no issues with voter suppression.

Krupnikas on March 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Apparently there were no issues with voter suppression.
Krupnikas on March 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I hear ACORN and the New Black Panthers offered to help, but the NorKs told them they had it under control…

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM

…did Dennis Rodman vote?

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Only 100% ? Chicago politicians could have helped get the deceased voters out to the polls. Pikers!

simkeith on March 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Instead, they have the choice of voting yes or no, and according to official accounts virtually all choose yes.

All living or out of prison…

right2bright on March 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Yeah, he got 100%, but did he get a 140% turnout in key districts?

The Rogue Tomato on March 10, 2014 at 2:12 PM

They couldn’t afford to bring in any ACORN consultants.

slickwillie2001 on March 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Hillary wants to know his secret…

PatriotRider on March 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Kovert Kankles.

Tsar of Earth on March 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

…did Dennis Rodman vote?

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I’m not even sure Rodman knows how to vote.

JetBoy on March 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Hillary wants to know his secret…

PatriotRider on March 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Kovert Kankles.

Tsar of Earth on March 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

And Kackles…lots o’ kakcles…

JetBoy on March 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

according to official accounts virtually all choose yes.

I wonder if you have to show your ID to vote in North Korea?

Wallythedog on March 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

At least the people understand….. if their vote mattered da gubRmint would make it illegal.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Headline sounds like an ad for OBAMA 2016 .

Lucano on March 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Amateur.

Obama got 100% in 59 precincts in Philadelphia.

yaedon on March 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Yeah, Jimmy Carter monitored those elections, and agrees with the results.

kjatexas on March 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I wonder if you have to show your ID to vote in North Korea?
Wallythedog on March 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Well….. There is only one country on Planet Earth that does not require ID to vote. It’s not NK.

oceansidecon on March 10, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Lucy43 on March 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

President Choom is jealous because he’s not (yet) President For Life™, which is his true goal. After his current term, he may actually have to pay for his own vacations! Racism!

RoadRunner on March 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

When the country has only one registered voter, it is easy to get a unanimous result with 100% turnout.

WestTexasBirdDog on March 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

I guess jimmah carter considers this election fair and open but he would protest and have conniptions if a republican defeated a democrat here in the US

jaywemm on March 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Only diff between Hillary and In is the consumption of dog.

Murphy9 on March 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Lucy43 on March 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

President Choom is jealous because he’s not (yet) President For Life™, which is his true goal. After his current term, he may actually have to pay for his own vacations! Racism!

RoadRunner on March 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Penny Pritzker already bought him a luxurious villa in Hawaii for his retirement home, or perhaps the Western White House, we shall see.

slickwillie2001 on March 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

unanimously “elected” with 100 percent voter turnout

Just like Philadelphia!

MaiDee on March 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM