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HK, Macao NPC candidates to bear allegiance to China, banned from receiving foreign funds: drafts

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-03-08 15:10

BEIJING - Candidates standing for election of National People's Congress (NPC) deputies from the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions (SARs) should bear allegiance to China and declare not receiving foreign funds in relation to the election, say drafts on election methods to be submitted to China's national legislature.

The NPC deputies are the component members of the highest organ of state power who exercise state power on behalf of the people. Therefore, they shall declare in the Participant's Registration Form that they uphold the Chinese Constitution and bear allegiance to China, the drafts say.

The NPC deputies from Hong Kong and Macao should also declare they uphold the Basic Laws, bear allegiance to the SARs, endorse the policy of "one country, two systems", according to the drafts.

The drafts will be explained to a NPC plenary session Wednesday by Wang Chen, vice chairman and general secretary of the NPC Standing Committee.

Candidates should also declare not having received and will not receive, directly or indirectly, any form of funds in relation to the election from any foreign institution, organization or individual, the drafts say.

If a candidate is found and verified to have received any foreign funds, the candidate's election will be declared null and void.

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