45 na­tional leg­is­la­tors un­seated for fraud

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s top leg­is­la­ture has dis­qual­i­fied 45 na­tional leg­is­la­tors from North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince for their in­volve­ment in un­prece­dented elec­toral fraud.

The 45 Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress deputies were un­seated for vote-buy­ing and bribery dur­ing the elec­tion in 2013.

A to­tal of 523 deputies to the Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress were im­pli­cated in the elec­tion fraud and have ei­ther re­signed or had their qual­i­fi­ca­tion as deputies ter­mi­nated. No ad­di­tional de­tails, such as whether th­ese deputies will face fur­ther pun­ish­ment, were re­leased.

Law­mak­ers also voted to set up a panel to pre­pare for a new ses­sion of the Liaon­ing pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture.

“The Liaon­ing elec­toral fraud has been the first such case that ever hap­pened at a pro­vin­cial-level elec­tion since the found­ing of New China,” Zhang De­jiang, chair­man of the NPC Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, said.

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