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Wukan village elects deputies (2)

(Xinhua)

10:06, February 12, 2012

A couple write their ballots while voting for deputies in Wukan Village, south China's Guangdong Province, Feb. 11, 2012. More than 6,000 villagers of Wukan, known for last year's protests over illegal land use and other issues, voted for deputies Saturday in the second round of democratic elections for new leadership. Their voting will result in a team of 107 village representatives and seven group leaders. Under the new village leadership, the deputies will attend village committee meetings, report the villagers' suggestions and complaints to the village committee and keep the villagers informed of decisions made at the deputies' meetings. (Xinhua/Lu Hanxin)

"This is to make sure the candidates are well-grounded and trusted by the villagers, and to ensure fairness in the upcoming village committee election," said Yang Semao, director of the election committee.

Villager Lin Shuzhen, who is illiterate, asked her 16-year-old son to read the election instructions for her and fill out her ballot.

Volunteers also stood by to help other illiterate villagers fill out ballots.

"The voting process was smooth and orderly," said Lin Zulian, the village's Communist Party of China (CPC) secretary. "The villagers took an active part in the voting, and they are more familiar with the procedures compared with the previous round of voting for election committee members on Feb. 1."

Lin was appointed secretary after last year's protests.

Lin and the election committee will summon the newly-elected deputies to meetings to discuss election procedures for the new village committee.

"I hope the deputies who eventually stand out will all be capable people of integrity," said Huang Deping, a villager in his 50s. "I hope they will safeguard our rights and interests and help us manage our land well."

On Sept. 21 and 22 last year, villagers in Wukan, which is administered by the city of Lufeng, began to protest against village authorities over issues related to land use, financing and the election of village officials, with large-scale protests occurring in the village on Nov. 21 and 22.

The villagers gathered again on Dec. 11 after Xue Jinbo, a man who was suspected of organizing the November demonstrations, died while in police custody.

Officials from a provincial work team in charge of handling the village's unrest conceded that the residents' major demands were reasonable and "some mistakes" had been made by local officials.

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Robert at 2012-02-1287.218.65.*
The election process in this province strengthens the democracy in Socialism and surely will silence the running dogs of capitalism in occidental news media. ?LONG LIVE COMMUNIST CHINA!
  

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