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Li Zhaoxing: Still Difficulties in National Direct Elections

03-04 15:05 Caijing
"Any form of democracy should be accustomed to local economic, political and cultural conditions."

China has still difficulties in imposing a direct election system in villages and town across the country, spokesman Li Zhaoxing told a news conference on Sunday ahead of the annual session of the National People's Congress, the top legislature.

"China's vast territory, huge population and unbalanced social and economic development, and even poor traffic in some places, have still left a cross-board direct election some difficulties," Li told the conference.

China has started its new round of grass-root elections since last year, and will see reshuffling of top leadership in October and November.

"It is the first time to choose representatives for the National People's Congress on the same population ratio in urban and rural areas," Li said, "It's a big event in the political life in the whole nation, and another important practice of the idea that people are the maters of the country."

While praising the system of direct election which he believed could deliver more accurate opinions, Li argued that "any form of democracy should be consistent with local economic, political and cultural conditions."

There are both direct elections and indirect elections in China. Direct elections occur for village councils in designed rural areas, and for the local People's Congress in all areas. All other levels of the People's Congress up to the National People's Congress are indirectly elected by the People's Congress of the level immediately below.

The procedure of elections has been under wide criticism in China due to the lack of transparency and corruption involved.

On the same day, Wukan, a small southern fishing village voted their new leaders, months after protest over land grabs and corruption expelled local officials, and won government compromise for new elections.

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