Chinese Elections in Microcosm –Chengdu Elections 2012: The Many Ways Election Fraud Was Committed in the Chengdu Region People’s Congress Elections

成都区人大选举违规手法五花八门

The Many Ways Election Fraud Was Committed in the Chengdu Region People’s Congress Elections

成都区人大选举违规手法五花八门

来源:自由亚洲电台粤语部

28 February 2012 by Feng Riyao Source: Radio Free Asia Cantonese Language Department (Chinese text below copied from the 64Tianwang website)

http://www.64tianwang.com/bencandy.php?fid-8-id-9207-page-1.htm

The excitement of the local People’s Congress elections in the electoral districts of Chengdu, Sichuan has given way to sadness. Serious violations of election regulations occurred. In some electoral districts, the time of voting was changed just before the vote. This forced people to rise before dawn to vote in the dark. Some ballot boxes were not sealed or were not counted. Some independent candidates were forced to go away on a trip.


On election day for the Wenjiang District, Chengdu People’s Congress balloting starting on Sunday (February 25) before dawn and ended at 9 AM. Many ballot boxes were piled up outside the polling place. From Wenjiang District candidate Wang Binru) 

The Wenjiang District People’s Congress voting took place on Sunday. Wang Binru, who was deprived of her status as an independent candidate by the authorities, told reporters that on Saturday evening she received a text message from the election office asking the local residents in her electoral group to vote between 6 AM and 8 AM. When she got to the polling place at 8 AM, she was told that the election was already over. Even more astonishing was that the authorities used the strange method of knocking on people’s doors before dawn to tell them to go and vote.

Wang Binru said: “Very few people would get up before dawn to vote. Opening the polls before dawn is extraordinary. Some candidates even went around knocking on doors in the middle of the night. Many people were still sleeping, others weren’t at home. What the authorities really want is that nobody votes.”

Wang Binru pointed out that after the election workers declaring that the balloting was over, there was never any counting of ballots out loud. Not until Monday afternoon did a notice appear that the two official candidates got the most votes. Requests for information such as how many people voted were met with a yawn. She criticized the authorities for running the election as a black-box operation.

Wang Binru said: “The notice didn’t tell us how many ballots were issued, how many ballots came back. The authorities announced that their two candidates won with 2000 votes and 1000 votes but they didn’t say how many people cast votes. The election law requires that candidates get over half of the votes but without this information there is no way to question that.”

In the Jinniu District, every person who cast a vote got a 20 RMB subsidy. (photo provided by Jinniu District independent candidate Hou Guiying)

Another independent candidate from the same district, Wu Yong, when she was going to vote was stopped by police from distributing her election statement. They claimed that what she was doing was illegal and confiscated her election materials. When she went to vote, she noticed that the bottom of the ballot box was open and that the ballot box was not locked and so committing election fraud would be easy.

Wu Young said, “Some ballot boxes were not locked. I picked up the ballot box to see how many ballots had been cast. It turned out that the bottom of the ballot box was open. Ballots could easily be taken out. After balloting, the election workers did not call out the votes on the spot, nor did they check the ballots. They just took the ballot boxes away. The winners were decided in advance. The electoral process was all confused and illegal.”

During Monday balloting in the Qingyang District, the independent candidate Wang Rongwen was taken away from her home by a group of ten public security officers and local leaders and was forcibly kept under tight control under after balloting was over. This journalist called her cell phone. Wang Rongwen’s son answered. he told this reporter that his mother had been continually persecuted by the authorities because of her candidacy. Now she has been forcibly taken on a trip. He accused the authorities of arbitrarily restricting the freedom of a citizen. He said, “After they took my mother away on Monday, they took her to the polling place and then kept her under their control. She called me that evening at 9 PM to tell me that the authorities have taken here to a Chengdu suburb where she would be detained for four to five days. The freedom of my mother has been restricted for no reason.”

After the balloting ended, the unsealed ballot boxes were taken away by workers. The votes were not called out or counted on the spot. (Wenjiang District candidate Wang Binru)

Jinniu District candidate Hou Guiying said she was given a 20 RMB cash subsidy when she cast her ballot. She said that the amount of the subsidy varied by district. The smallest was 5 RMB in the Chenghua District. The highest was 50 RMB in the Jianbei District. Most of the subsidies were about 20 RMB. Hou Guiying said that many independent candidates were monitored and followed on election day.

Huang Qi, director of the 64Tianwang network, established in Chengdu an election planning center to help independent candidates. Huang Qi told reporters that elections in mainland China lack democratic oversight. The authorities manipulate election results so elections are just for show. He said, “For many years, the mainland authorities have never truly implemented the provisions of the election law. There is a law on local elections but it is not followed. The electoral process is a black-box operation. Many independent candidates have taken part in the election. They have repeatedly pointed out many violations of laws and regulations but the response of the authorities has been to repress the independent candidates more and more forcefully.”

Huang Qi said that mainland has a long way to go before it can have democratic elections. He called on people in all walks of life to take part in the elections as independent candidates so as to exercise democratic oversight and to push forward the democratization process in China.  

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 http://www.64tianwang.com/bencandy.php?fid-8-id-9207-page-1.htm

成都区人大选举违规手法五花八门
[ 时间:2012-02-28 18:05:22 | 作者:冯日遥 | 来源:自由亚洲电台粤语部 ]
2012-02-28
四川省成都市各区人大代表选举曲终人散。选举出现严重违规情况,有选区在投票前一刻更改时间,要求选民凌晨起床摸黑投票;亦有投票箱未有封箱及未经点票;更有独立候选人被强迫带往旅游。

成都市温江区人大选举投票日于周日(2月25日)凌晨开始,当日清晨九时结束,票站外摆了多个票箱。(温江区参选人王彬如)
温江区的人大代表选举于周日投票,遭当局剥夺参选资格的独立参选人王彬如向记者指,她周六晚收到选举办发来的短讯,要求她所属的组别居民周日早上六点至八点前往投票,当她八时到达票站时,工作人员指选举已结束,更令她惊讶的,是当局竟在凌晨时份拍门叫人投票,做法令人匪夷所思。
王彬如说:“那有老百姓会在凌晨时份去投票的,很少很少人会这样做,凌晨开始投票十分罕见,还有那些候选人三更半夜逐家逐户拍门叫人去投票,很多人仍然睡著,有些人不在家,无人投票就是当局的原意。”
王彬如指,工作人员宣布选举结束后,一直未有公开唱票,直至周一下午贴出公告,官方指定的两名代表分别以高票当选,其他如究竟有几多人前往投票等资料一概欠奉,她批评当局黑箱操作。
王彬如说:“公告内没有告诉我们究竟发了多少张选票出去,最终又收回了多少张选票,当局祇公布那两个被指定的候选人,他们分别得了2000及1000多票,但总投票人数亦没有,选举法规定得票过半数才获认可,无法提出质疑。”

金牛区当局周一向每名投票人发20元人民币补助金。 (金牛区独立参选人侯桂英提供)

同区另一独立参选人吴勇向记者指,当日她前往投票时,向周遭居民派发参选宣言被警察阻止,又指她行为违法被充公单张,其后她到票站投票时,竟发现票箱底是打开的,票箱更没有上锁,随时出现作弊。
吴勇说:“个票箱没有锁的,我拿起票箱想了解下到底有多少人投票,结果票箱的底是打开的,选票可以随时被拿出来,投票结束后,工作人员未有当场唱票,更没有验票,祇把票箱带走,当选的人都是内定的,选举过程混乱及违法。”
而在周一投票的青羊区,独立候选人王荣文早上被十多名公安及地方领导从家中带走,到票站投票后就被强行控制下来。记者致电她的手机,接听电话的是王荣文的儿子,他告诉记者指,母亲因为参选一直遭当局打压,现时已被强行带往旅游,他批评当局肆意限制公民人身自由。
他说:“我母亲周一早上被他们带走后,其后带到票站去,之后就被控制,直至晚上九时许,她致电回来告诉我,她已被当局带到成都郊区外一个地方,要被监控四至五天,母亲无故被限制人身自由。”

选举结束后,没有封存的票箱随即被工作人员带走,未有即场验票及唱票。(温江区参选人王彬如)

金牛区独立参选人侯桂英指,她去投票时获发20元人民币现金补助,各区的补助金金额不同,最少的如成华区祇有5元,最多的是建北区有50元,一般补助金为20元。侯桂英又指,多名独立参选人投票当日均被监视行踪。
在成都市设立选举策划中心,协助独立人士参选的六四天网负责人黄琦向记者指,大陆的选举缺乏民主监督,当局操纵选举结果,所有选举均是作秀。他说:“多年来大陆当局从来没有真正履行选举法的规定,地方选举有法不依,黑箱操纵选举过程,由于多了独立参选人的参选,他们揭发很多违规违法的地方,但当局打压独立参选人的力度亦愈来愈大。”
黄琦指大陆真正民主选举仍然路途遥远。呼吁各界人士以独立身份出来参选,发挥民主监督作用,推进中国民主进程。

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