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Candidates win 100 pct approval in N.K. local elections
SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- North Koreans voted for all candidates in Sunday's local elections, the country's official news agency said Tuesday, the latest reminder that the polls are a formality in the communist country.

   The Korean Central News Agency said 99.97 percent of all registered voters voted for a total of 28,116 candidates for deputies in people's assemblies across the country.

  
North Korean voters in colorful traditional dresses pose during the July 24 local elections. (Yonhap-KCNA)


In North Korean elections, turnout is usually near 100 percent and candidates, hand-picked by the ruling party, are elected with absolute support.

   North Korean leader Kim Jong-il also cast his ballot at a polling station in Pyongyang, along with his heir-apparent son Kim Jong-un and a senior party official, according to the KCNA.

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