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DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Choe Go In Min Hoe Ui (Supreme People's Assembly)
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Parliament name (generic / translated) Choe Go In Min Hoe Ui / Supreme People's Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 9 March 2014
Purpose of elections The March 2014 elections were the first to be held under the country's new leader, Mr. Kim Jong Un. He had succeeded his father, Kim Jong-il, who passed away in December 2011. The new leader himself was seeking a parliamentary seat, in addition to his posts as First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army and Supreme Leader of the Workers' Party of Korea. According to the Central Electoral Committee, 99.97 per cent of registered voters participated in the elections.

Around 55 per cent of serving parliamentarians were reportedly renewed in 2014. High-ranking officials re-elected to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) included its Chairman Mr. Choe Thae Bok and Mr. Kim Yong-nam, Chairman of the SPA Presidium. The Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong joined the SPA for the first time along with Mr. Kim Jong Un.

In April, the SPA re-elected Mr. Choe Thae Bok as Chairman. It also elected Mr. Pak Pong Ju as Premier of the Cabinet (head of government) and re-confirmed Mr. Kim Jong Un as First Chairman of the National Defence Commission.
Date of previous elections: 8 March 2009

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: N/A

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: March 2019

Number of seats at stake: 687 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 687 (575 men, 112 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 16.3%

Number of parties contesting the election: Not available

Number of parties winning seats: Not available

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Workers' Party of Korea

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 9 April 2014

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Choe Thae Bok (Workers' Party of Korea)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 19 March 2014
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes



Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Workers' Party of Korea
Korean Social Democratic Party
Chondoist Chongu Party
Independents
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total Number of women
Workers' Party of Korea 607 90
Korean Social Democratic Party 50 12
Chondoist Chongu Party 22 9
Independents 8 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
575
112
16.30%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Source: Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva (30.05.2014, 03.07.2014)

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