130 caught in election scandals

Updated: 2006-11-21 16:06

One hundred-year-old Zhang Jinglan casts a ballot for her favorite deputies to the Xicheng District People's Congress at a poll station in Xicheng District, Beijing November 8, 2006. [Newsphoto]

Beijing -- More than 130 local officials have been charged with vote-buying, embezzlement and other election fraud as millions of Chinese voters elect tens of thousands of officials and representatives this year and next.

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The Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a press release on Tuesday that it is investigating 70 cases involving election irregularities.

Under China's electoral process, elections for Party officials to Party posts and representatives to non-Party legislative bodies are being held concurrently this year and next. Eighty million Party members will vote to elect 100,000 Party officials and millions more registered voters will elect representatives to local and regional people's congresses and consultative assemblies.

Inspections teams have been sent across the country to supervise local elections. Several provinces have also open telephone hotlines and websites to invite the public to report corruption and malpractice.

"In general, elections at the municipal, county and township levels are going on well," the Party press release said.

Still several election scandals have been already been exposed. Earlier this year, Lu Chengli, former deputy head of the town of Tangzhui in Wuchuan city, of south China's Guangdong Province, was removed from his post and expelled from Party after he rigged his election as deputy town head in April. He gave favors to 12 delegates who nominated him and paid 55 delegates to the township people's congress 1,000 yuan each in return for their votes.

The CPC brought some of the scandals to light earlier this year hoping to deter similar corrupt practices in the upcoming elections. Most of the violators were expelled from the Party.

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