45 national legislators unseated for fraud
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.