Xi casts vote for new law­mak­ers

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping cast his bal­lot at a vot­ing booth in Bei­jing on Tues­day to elect new law­mak­ers for the lo­cal peo­ple’s congress in his dis­trict, with a to­tal of 9 mil­lion vot­ers in the cap­i­tal elect­ing more than 15,000 law­mak­ers.

Xi cast his vote at a polling sta­tion in Huairentang, Zhong­nan­hai elec­toral dis­trict, in Xicheng dis­trict, along with more than 1,200 other vot­ers.

The pres­i­dent said county and town­ship-level elec­tions are a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal event for the coun­try, re­quir­ing ad­her­ence to the Party’s lead­er­ship, demo­cratic spirit and act­ing in ac­cor­dance with laws to en­sure the peo­ple’s right to vote and the right to be elected.

He called for zero tol­er­ance on any vi­o­la­tions of the reg­u­la­tions and laws on elec­tions.

Six other mem­bers of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and top leg­is­la­tor Zhang De­jiang, also cast their votes at polling sta­tions in Bei­jing.

The deputies— 4,373 at dis­trict and 9,946 at town­ship level— af­ter be­ing elected, will vote for the new line up of lo­cal govern­ments at the grass­roots leg­is­la­ture’s ple­nary ses­sion.

In the cap­i­tal, there are a to­tal of 12,260 polling sta­tions in the dis­tricts and coun­ties.

Song Huiy­ing, from Xicheng dis­trict, who vis­ited a polling sta­tion to cast her bal­lot, said: “Our com­mu­nity has se­vere prob­lems con­cern­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. I hope the deputies we se­lect ad­dress our con­cerns and help us solve such prob­lems.”

Zhu Guang­wei, 84, who has voted in such elec­tions since 1954, said that “the 17 vot­ers’ cards have wit­nessed me ex­er­cis­ing my demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal rights”.

Like Bei­jing, many cities have started or will com­mence elec­tions for new law­mak­ers at town­ship and county lev­els.

More than 900 mil­lion vot­ers na­tion­wide will elect more than 2.5 mil­lion new deputies at the grass­roots level, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee. Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.


Staff work­ers check bal­lots at a polling sta­tion in Dashuiyu vil­lage in Bei­jing’s Huairou dis­trict on Tues­day.

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