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North Korea reports votes in favor of rival candidates for the first time since 1958 – Magazine Creations

North Korea’s government reported votes in favor of opposition candidates in local elections for the first time in decades.

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s regime said Tuesday that just under 1 percent of the voting population voted against selected candidates.

It is the first time the government has recognized anti-Labour votes since 1956.

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Voters arrive at a polling station in Pyongyang as North Korea holds elections for local government representatives. The ruling Labor Party reported votes against shortlisted candidates for the first time since 1956. (Kim Won Jin/AFP via Getty Images)

State media The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that 0.09 percent of voters submitted ballots against the party’s chosen candidates for the provincial assembly seats.

KCNA also reported that 0.13 percent of voters voted against the ruling party in the city and county people’s assemblies.

Voter turnout across the communist hermit nation was reported at 99.63%.

It was the first election since the nation implemented reforms in August this year, allowing multiple candidates.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang. (Korea Central News Agency/Korea News Agency via AP)

“Electoral reforms may serve dual purposes: projecting an image of a forward-looking North Korea to the outside world while simultaneously consolidating internal governance structures,” Canada’s Asia Pacific Foundation said in a statement.

The organization continued, “The introduction of multiple candidates in North Korea’s local elections, while offering more options on the surface, does not fundamentally change the power dynamics within the ruling party.”

Election data reported by the ruling Workers’ Party is considered completely unreliable as the government of supreme leader Kim Jong Un maintains total control over the population and violently suppresses the opposition.

Election voting in North Korea

A North Korean citizen votes at a polling station in Pyongyang during the country’s local parliamentary elections. (Kim Won Jin/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Kim family has cultivated one secular religion around their dynasty since the country’s government was formed in 1948.

The nation operates under a uniquely manipulated form of communist political philosophy known as “juche” which places all operational authority in the hands of a “supreme leader”.

State-controlled media and government communications reinforce the Kim family’s status as virtual demigods, attributing to them unparalleled intelligence and great variety of skills.

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