NPC’s fo­cus on rule of law

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

As rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple, Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­gress deputies are sup­posed to sub­mit mo­tions on is­sues of con­cern to the public. Ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tariat of the fifth ple­nary ses­sion of the 12thNa­tional Peo­ple’s Con­gress, of the mo­tions submitted by deputies, 492 of them, nearly 96 per­cent, were re­lated to leg­is­la­tion.

To bet­ter ful­fill their du­ties, NPC deputies have at­tached grow­ing im­por­tance to their posts in re­cent years and many of them re­port­edly make in-depth stud­ies and lend at­ten­tive ears to the public be­fore at­tend­ing the an­nual NPC ses­sion.

A re­viewof the mo­tions submitted by NPC deputies in re­cent years re­veals that their fo­cus has shifted from group-spe­cific is­sues to is­sues that are of more wide­spread con­cern.

That such a large ma­jor­ity of the mo­tions submitted dur­ing this year’s ses­sion were re­lated to the field of leg­is­la­tion is a pos­i­tive devel­op­ment, since the greater at­ten­tion paid to leg­is­la­tion by the NPC deputies, who ex­er­cise power on be­half of the peo­ple, re­flects the ever-in­creas­ing le­gal aware­ness of or­di­nary peo­ple.

China has taken a big stride to­ward es­tab­lish­ing the rule of law over the past decades. By fo­cus­ing more on law­mak­ing, NPC deputies have trans­mit­ted peo­ple’s greater ex­pec­ta­tions that the na­tion’s gov­er­nance will be in ac­cor­dance with the law, and power will not be used to serve those who wield it.

Grow­ing public in­ter­est in the build­ing of a sound and broader leg­isla­tive frame­work for gov­er­nance is also re­lated to the de­fi­cien­cies that ex­ist in the coun­try’s le­gal sys­tem.

The re­peated oc­cur­rence of wrong­ful con­vic­tions, the in­suf­fi­cient ef­forts of some lo­cal gov­ern­ments to up­hold the public’s in­ter­ests and the phe­nom­e­non of power be­ing above the lawhigh­light the need to make more ef­forts to ad­vance the leg­is­la­tion work on a wider range of is­sues.

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