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Kim Jong Un Wins 100% of Votes in North Korea Election

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un casting a ballot at a polling station at the Kim Il-sung University of Politics in Pyongyang on March 9, 2014. KCNA via EPA

North Korea's state media confirmed on Monday what was surely never in doubt — a 100 percent, no-abstention victory for leader Kim Jong Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election.

Every single registered elector had turned out to vote, the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, "except for those on foreign tour or working in oceans."

The country's young leader personally stood for election in the symbolic Mount Paektu district. It was there, according to family legend, that Kim's grandfather led the fight against Japanese imperialism and where Kim's father was later born.

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Kim Jong Un talking with an election candidate after casting his ballot at Kim Il Sung University of Politics. KCNA via KNS / AFP - Getty Images

The nation was "seething with election atmosphere" on polling day, according to a headline on KCNA's English-language website. Illustrating the excitable mood, the agency distributed a photo of soldiers dancing in the streets after casting their ballots.

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North Korean soldiers dancing after casting their votes in the election of deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly at Paektusan Constituency No. 111. KCNA via KNS / AFP - Getty Images

— The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report