24 Jul '11, 2am

N. Korea holds local elections

SEOUL: North Koreans began casting their votes on Sunday to elect representatives for local assemblies, state media said, with the polls expected to unanimously favour the ruling communist party. The vote for deputies to assemblies at provincial, city and county levels began at 9.00am (0000 GMT) across the country, with participants in a festive mood, Korean Central News Agency said. "Polling stations are crowded with well-dressed voters eagerly waiting for their turns... with many dancing to music of drums and gongs," KCNA said. It added that all participants would cast "yes" votes in support of the ruling communist party. Usually, 99 per cent of voters take part in the North's elections and 99 per cent of them cast "yes" votes for uncontested candidates. During their four-year term, the local assemblies convene once or twice a year to approve budgets and endorse local le...

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