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/ Opinion/ EditorialsNo leniency to vote-buyingUpdated: 2013-12-30 07:15( China Daily)Comments Print Mail Large Medium  SmallWe have heard of vote-buying in village leader elections in rural communities. We have seen sporadic exposs of vote-buying on various other balloting occasions. But vote-buying at such a level and on such a scale and with such effrontery has no precedence in our memory.Most outrageous of all, it occurred within the highest local organ of power. It is a barbaric gang rape of our national laws by local lawmakers. It is a naked assault on the countrys fundamental political design the Peoples Congress system – which has devastating consequences for public confidence in the system.All but nine of the 527 deputies of the 14th Peoples Congress of Hengyang attending their very first full session accepted bribes before voting to select the citys delegates to the provincial legislature. Three others were in “serious dereliction of duty”.The Peoples Congress of Hengyang city, Hunan province, is in de facto paralysis. The provincial Peoples Congress is crippled.Housecleaning regarding the local legislature is proceeding: 515 local lawmakers have resigned, the 56 people who bribed their way into the provincial legislature have had their seats nullified, and five others have been suspended for serious dereliction of duty. And the local provincial Party committee has placed 413 Party members involved under investigation for disciplinary violations, and those who are found guilty will be handed over to judicial organs for criminal investigation. So far so good.Time is short for rebuilding a 500-strong local legislature almost from scratch. Hengyang will have to complete the reshuffle by February 10, when the provincial Peoples Congress convenes for its annual session.This will preclude some meaningful experiments on refining the formulation of our local legislatures. But the reshuffle must be carried out in strict accordance with the election laws and formulation of local peoples congresses. First and foremost, the elections have to be clean and just.At the same time, the scandal should not be treated as an isolated case limited to the local legislature itself. It may be the outcome of a corrupt local political biosphere, which will in turn lead to further decay in local officialdom.It is imperative to examine the legislative work done by previous lawmakers. It is essential to find out whether similar violations occurred in the election of major local officials, as well as in other decisions on local affairs. It is important to ascertain if the malpractice has extended into other branches of the local government.And one more question must be answered: Is such lawless practice peculiar to Hengyang?(China Daily 12/30/2013 page8)8.03KRelated StoriesElection fraud investigation targets 431China fights election scandal to safeguard political systemChinese official receives life imprisonment for briberyTougher measures to curb bribery in mediaMost ViewedTodays Top NewsChinese Dream to occupy center stage in 2014No leniency to vote-buyingGetting close to the peopleThe great malaise drags onLure of power needs tamingAbes shrine visit affronts worldFollowing Mao Zedongs steps for rejuvenationColumnistsLure of power needs tamingDishonest beauty in pursuit of profitmoreCartoonShadow of militarismWhitewashing history New wish listTurbulence of South SudanSpecialStar bloggers on China DailyGlobal view on Chinas sessionsRobert237Happy Birthday Chairman MaoJudy ZhuStory of my little NicoleConfusion over wealth and fame……| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 20100000002731