Party promotes democracy by open elections
Updated: 2007-07-18 09:22 About 15,000 members of the
Communist Party of China (CPC) ascended to leading positions through open
elections from 2003 to 2006, according to the Party's central organization
More than 390 were prefectural-level cadres and about
3,800 worked at leading positions at county level, revealed the Organization
Department of the CPC Central Committee.
It showcased the Party's
endeavors to build a permanent in-house democracy mechanism, said the
The Party had made it compulsory to solicit ordinary
members' recommendations and opinions for selecting cadres, as numerous
experiments carried in local CPC leadership re-elections had proved it an
effective way of enhancing transparency and efficiency.
It had granted
non-Party members of the public a say in the elections, the department said.
Other methods, including door-step surveys and publication of survey
results, appraisals of work performances in probation and secret voting by all
members of local Party committees, had also been employed and promoted in the
elections for better assessment of the candidates, it said.
1921, the CPC has more than 70 million members and more than 3.5 million
grassroots organizations. Its regime came into being in the past revolution era
and it had for decades followed the Soviet model.
With China's rapid
economic development, the Party is facing problems such as corruption, low
efficiency and bureaucracy, prompting measure for improvement
point out that developing democracy within the Party is an important part of
political restructuring and building of political civilization in
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