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Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Supreme People's Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
09.03.2014
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.03.2024
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
687
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
687
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
575
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
112
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.3%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
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.
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
88.36%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Workers' Party of Korea
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
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
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
575
Number of women elected
112
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
16.3%
Other notes
The independents comprise five members representing the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and three members representing religious associations.
Sources
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)
Women Directly Elected
112

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
575
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
112
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
09.04.2014
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Choe Thae Bok (Male)
Political party
Workers' Party of Korea
Date of election
09.04.2014