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Why is North Korea holding elections?

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YOU’LL likely recognise North Korea as a dynastic totalitarian dictatorship – and you would be dead right in that summary. But what may surprise you is that every four or five years that same dictatorship holds nationwide elections; after all, they need to live up to their full name – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

When authorities call them “elections,” they do so in the loosest sense of the word. There’s no denying the fact the country is under dictatorial rule, with leadership passed down through the bloodline of the Kim family – current Supreme Leader being Kim Jong Un.

So why is the government holding elections on March 10? And what exactly does “democracy” look like in the world’s most secretive autocracy.

Why are they holding elections?

The upcoming elections in March will be to elect new members of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), the highest body of state power who exercises legislative power.

All 687 districts nationwide will head to the polls to vote for their candidate.

Voting in the country is mandatory,........

© Asian Correspondent