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CPC delegate election shows improved intra-Party democracy (2)


08:09, August 17, 2012

"The election of delegates to the Party's 18th National Congress is a mirror that reflects the degree of democracy in the Party," said Ye Zhuchu, a professor from the Party school of the CPC Central Committee.

The lineup of delegates has also been optimized through expanded representation. Leaders of rural cooperatives, rural teachers and doctors, ordinary farmers and other delegates from all walks of society can express their opinions through the congress.

About 30.5 percent of the delegates are from the grassroots level, up 2.1 percentage points from the previous congress in 2007. The average age of the delegates is 52, while 64.8 percent of the delegates are under 55. More than 93 percent of the delegates have college degrees.

The change came after the CPC Central Committee asked for more delegates from grassroots units, especially industrial workers, farmers and professionals.

Thanks to rapid social and economic development, the social strata of China's population has witnessed great changes. Professionals have become one of the major contributors to the market economy. Urbanization has encouraged hundreds of millions farmers to enter cities and become migrant workers, while urban residents outnumber the rural population for the first time in China's history.

The diversification of the delegates is the CPC's response to societal changes and represents its commitment to representing the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people.

It also shows that the Party always advances with the times.

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