Thursday, March 6, 2014

NORTH KOREA TO HOLD ELECTIONS: here's what you need to know

Came across this bit of news, and since it's so world-shaking I had to share it with you - with a Joey The Weasel headline and everything.

Reuters - North Korea to hold elections. It sounds exciting, too! Quote:
"Agitation activities are going on to encourage citizens to take active part in the election with high political enthusiasm and labor feats, amid the playing of 'Song of the election,'" KCNA reported.

North Koreans, it said, sought to "demonstrate once again the might of single-minded unity by casting ballots for their candidates".
They're obviously trying to get out the vote.

And the Economist even ran a primer for its many North Korean readers:

Economist - How North Korean elections work. Apparently, they're about as democratic as the old Soviet Union elections:
They are presented with a single candidate in the district where they live. These candidates are chosen by the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, the governing coalition, which is controlled by the Workers' Party. There is only one box to tick. Abstaining or voting no would be a dangerous act of treason, given that voting takes place in booths that do not provide any secrecy, and dissenting votes must be posted into a separate ballot box.
We certainly live in exciting times!

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