Elec­tion Mal­prac­tice Pun­ished

Beijing Review - - This Week -

The Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) has pun­ished 245 peo­ple af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing 125 re­ported cases of mal­prac­tice in lo­cal elec­tions, said a re­cent state­ment by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion De­part­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

The 245 were caught en­gag­ing in a range of mal­prac­tices, in­clud­ing at­tend­ing ban­quets while in­spect­ing the per­for­mance of cadres, leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion, can­vass­ing, seek­ing pro­mo­tion through im­proper meth­ods, and spread­ing fab­ri­cated in­for­ma­tion in lo­cal elec­tions, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Among those pun­ished, 47 were given “Party dis­ci­plinary and ad­min­is­tra­tive pun­ish­ment,” which may in­clude warn­ings, de­mo­tions, and ex­pul­sions from the Party and ad­min­is­tra­tive posts.

An­other 135 were given “or­ga­ni­za­tional pun­ish­ment,” a cat­e­gory which in­cludes crit­i­cism, de­mo­tion and dis­missal.

The state­ment calls for stricter dis­ci­pline and zero tol­er­ance for mal­prac­tice in elec­tions in order to build a fair en­vi­ron­ment for lo­cal elec­tions.

In Septem­ber, 45 Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress deputies from China’s north­east­ern Liaon­ing Prov­ince were dis­qual­i­fied af­ter a case of mas­sive elec­toral fraud.

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