N. Korea elects 27,390 deputies in local elections


North Korea has elected 27,390 deputies to the government councils of provinces, cities and counties, the North’s state-run media reported Monday.

“All registered voters, except those who are staying abroad or those who are working at sea far away from the land, took part in the election as of 18:00 Sunday,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the Central Election Guidance Committee.

The KCNA reported that those who were not able to go to the polls because of old age and illness cast ballots into “mobile ballot boxes,” saying all voters across the country took part in the election with ardent revolutionary enthusiasm.

Voter turnout was 99.82 percent, and all the voters cast yes votes for candidates in all constituencies, according to the KCNA.

The number of deputies is up 740 from the last election in August in 2003, the KCNA reported. In 1999, North Korea elected a total of 29,442 deputies to local assemblies.


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