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Nation's top leaders head to polls as Beijing kicks off local legislative election


15:40, November 09, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao casts his ballot in Huairentang polling booth in Zhongnanhai, Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 8, 2011 to elect new deputies for the local people's congress in Beijing's Xicheng District. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao cast his ballot at a voting booth in downtown Beijing Tuesday, among the city's 9 million voters, to elect new lawmakers at district and township levels.

"I'm glad to exercise my right as a voter of the Xicheng District of Beijing," Hu said at the voting booth in Zhongnanhai, where the central government offices are located.

Out of 6,615 district-level candidates and 15,145 township-level counterparts, Beijing will elect 4,349 deputies to district people's congresses and around 9,941 deputies to township people's congresses.

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