Elections to be held on 9th March
North Korea is to hold elections to the Supreme People’s Assembly on 9th March 2014. All candidates for the 687 seat parliament are selected by the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland in mass meetings prior to the election.
The Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland is dominated by the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) although two other ‘legal’ parties, the Korean Social Democratic Party (KSDP) and the Chondoist Chongu Party, both dominated by the WPK, also participate. In the election itself only one name appears on each ballot paper.
The last elections were held on 8th March 2009 when the WPK took 601 of the 687 seats, the KSDP took 51 seats, the Chondoist Chongu Party took 21 seats and 13 independents were also elected.
The formal announcement as published on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) website is as follows:
“Pyongyang, January 8 (KCNA) — The Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) decided to hold an election of deputies to the 13th SPA on March 9, Juche 103 (2014), according to Article 90 of the Socialist Constitution of the DPRK.
The decision was promulgated on Tuesday. -0-“