March 4, 2014
At the end of this week, Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s young leader, is standing for election.
His constituency is Mount Paektu, the holy mountain on the Chinese border where his father, according to legend, was born.
But voters will not have any choice; Kim’s name will be the only one on the ballot.
Indeed, across North Korea, all voting slips will carry a single name: the candidate endorsed by the Workers’ Party.
It is possible to vote no, for anyone brave enough to walk to a special booth and cross out the name on the ballot.