Under a droll headline, the Daily NK notes that Kim Jong-un is running for the Supreme People’s Assembly, aka the North Korean Parliament, in the balloting process to be held in March. The family even has its own Rotten Borough:
North Korea constantly emphasizes that Kim Jong Eun is "born of the Mt.Baekdu bloodline” (i.e. a member of the Kim family), and his selection to the “Mt. Baekdu Electoral District” reflects this process of idolization.
Elsewhere the Daily NK notes that a seat in the Pyongyang Parliament is actually worth having since it gives the holder a measure of control over the security forces which he or she can use on behalf of the public. Ultimately, of course, this is a reflection of the loving care of the fatherly leader.
Elections - ‘affirmations’ would be better - are single candidate affairs with compulsory voting. The Daily NK source says authorities provide a discreetly placed box where voters can choose to reject the candidate chosen for them. This account at New Focus International disagrees but notes the extensive use made of the occasions by the security organs:
In the month before elections, state security and surveillance agents visit the homes of registered voters to verify their residential status and track citizens’ whereabouts, making sure that they are where they should be.
In the days before an election, residents may apply for an exemption from their neighbourhood surveillance officer in the case of emergency, such as the need to look after elderly parents in a critical condition and verified as living in another residential area. This permits citizens to receive a transfer ballot, with which they may cast their vote in a different district. This is also the time when families with members whose whereabouts cannot be accounted for begin to worry.
Less of a ballot: more of a round up.