China un­seats 45 law­mak­ers for fraud

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHINA’S com­mu­nist-con­trolled leg­is­la­ture un­seated 45 deputies from the north­east­ern prov­ince of Liaon­ing for in­volve­ment in elec­toral fraud, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency said, in an “un­prece­dented” case.

The stand­ing com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress (NPC) voted to dis­qual­ify the deputies for vote buy­ing and bribery dur­ing their elec­tion process to the na­tional body from the lower Liaon­ing Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress in 2013.

Deputies are elected by provin­cial as­sem­blies for five-year terms.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle by scholar Zhao Xiaoli in the Ts­inghua China Law Re­view, 94 of the nearly 3000 deputies in the cur­rent NPC hail from Liaon­ing – mean­ing that those un­seated rep­re­sent al­most half of the prov­ince’s to­tal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the rub­ber-stamp par­lia­ment.

The ex­tent of elec­toral fraud was even greater at the provin­cial level, Xin­hua re­ported.

A to­tal of 523 deputies to the Liaon­ing Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress were found to be in­volved in elec­tion fraud and have since re­signed or been un­seated, it added.

The provin­cial stand­ing com­mit­tee can no longer con­vene or op­er­ate, as 38 of its 62 mem­bers have been dis­qual­i­fied.

“Un­prece­dented since the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949, the sit­u­a­tion war­rants a creative in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment,” Xin­hua said. –

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