The Rodong Sinmun – mouthpiece of the Workers’ Party – said the election would promote North Korea as a “dignified, prosperous and strong socialist powerhouse”.
A number of poems were also produced to celebrate voting, under titles including “The Billows of Emotion and Happiness” and “We Go To Polling Station.” Television footage showed hundreds of soldiers queuing up at a polling station in constituency number 111 and dancing in unison on the street to festive music.
Elections are normally held every five years to the Supreme People’s Assembly, which only meets once or twice a year, mostly for a daylong session, to rubber-stamp budgets or other decisions made by the ruling Workers’ Party.
The vote also serves as a census for the authorities.
However, at every polling station, any voter who did not wish to cast a ballot in favour of the ruling Workers’ Party had to enter a separate booth.
The absence of the secret ballot principle suggested that few would take the risk of not voting for the incumbents.
Earlier, sources told Reuters authorities were preparing to transport Kim's body on Malaysia Airlines flight MH360 to Beijing, en route to Pyongyang.