BEIJING -- The local committees of the Communist
Party of China (CPC) have been downsized in the ongoing elections, respondence
to a call by the CPC Central Committee for optimized local Party leadership.
The number of party leader posts, deputy party chiefs in local CPC committees
has been reduced, according to the Organization Department of the CPC Central
The department, together with the Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection of the CPC, started in August an inspection on local party committee
The inspection found that the elections being held to select new committees
at municipal, county and township levels are going well in pushing the personnel
reform, promoting democracy within the CPC, and tightening the organization
In Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Liaoning, the numbers
of the members of the standing committees of local Party committees have been
reduced over 30 on the municipal level, over 200 on the county level and over
5,000 on the township level, the department said.
In Qinghai Province and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, 14 deputy secretaries
on municipal level, 50 on county level and 124 on township level were cut down
in the new local CPC committees.
Meanwhile, more young, female and ethnic cadres have also been elected during
the local Party elections.
The average ages of new local CPC committees are much younger than the
previous ones, the department said.
He Guoqiang, head of the Organization Department, said earlier that public
opinion would be a major criterion for selecting new CPC cadres while nearly
100,000 officials of the CPC committees at provincial, municipal, county and
township levels are running for re-elections in 2006-2007 period.