It is polling day in North Korea as the people vote for a members of the country’s parliament.
But it is not a true democratic vote in any Western sense. North Koreans are forced to cast their ballots by law for candidates who have already been heavily vetted.
The parliament is merely rubber stamp for the policies of Kim Jong-il the man who likes to be known as the dear leader.
However handpicked candidates like Kim Sok Nam seem proud to serve.
He says: “I’ve been nominated as a Supreme People’s assembly candidate. If elected as deputy I will work hard as a true servant of the people, thus making an active contribution to building a thriving nation.”
Kim Yong Nam, President of the North Korean Parliament, has been casting his ballot as observers look for signs that Kim Jong-il may be grooming a successor.
There were reports last year he may be stepping aside because of illness.
His third son Kim Jong Un is thought to be running for parliament and is believed to be his father’s favourite.
Noth Korea, the only communist dynasty in the
Far East, is isolated as it faces off against the United States and other regional powers.
All the candidates in today’s parliamentary polls stand no chance of losing and voter turnout is expected to be 99 per cent.
North Koreans go to the polls