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Officials vow to fight election corruption

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Discipline inspection authorities in Guangdong province have promised to ensure that the elections for local Party committees this year take place in a clean, fair and open manner.

Anyone guilty of buying votes or of corrupting the elections will be seriously punished in accordance with the law, said Wang Xingning, secretary-general of the Guangdong provincial Party Commission for Discipline Inspection.

"The officials who are in charge of the election will also be held to account if they fail to fight and investigate corruption cases in the election," Wang said.

Wang made his remarks at a news conference in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, following reports of various misdeeds and breaches of discipline that had occurred in past elections.

Since 2008, 1,985 reports of election corruption have been received and 49 people in 38 such cases have been punished in the province, according to the disciplinary department, which revealed facts from 12 typical cases at the conference.

Speaking of one of the most serious cases, the department told of how a criminal at large had become a Party member and later secretary of the village's Party committee.

Ye Dongqing took part in a robbery in 1999 and remained at large afterward. In August 2006, he was admitted to the Party.

In March 2008, Ye was elected to the Party committee of his village. Slightly more than a year later, the Xinbao township Party committee appointed him as Party chief of his village.

This year, he became a candidate for the position again. But his political ambitions were not fulfilled.

He was arrested in March, after local residents had told authorities about his crime.

Later, Wu Yundong, Party secretary of Xinbao township and chairman of the local People's Congress, and four other officials involved in Ye's case were removed from their posts and punished.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Officials vow to fight election corruption

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Officials vow to fight election corruption

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.