A special “interview” was held for the candidates of the official deputies to the District People’s Congress and voters in Bajiaobeili Community in Shijingshan District, Beijing on November 10, 2016. The four candidates talked with the present voters and answered voters’ questions face to face in a warm and cordial atmosphere.
Candidates of District People’s Congress deputies answer voters’ questions during a meeting in Bajiaobeili Community in Shijingshan District, Beijing, Nov. 10, 2016. [Photo by Zha Tiantian/Qianlong]
Built in 1984, Bajiaobeili Community is a typical old community, with more than 3,000 households and a total population of more than 8,500. How to solve the pension problem and enhance elderly care services in the community is one of most concerned issue of voters for the elders has reached 33 percent of the community’s population.
“The community has more and more very old people and many of them are widowed and empty nesters. But the aging service station in the community is too small with limited facilities for the elders. So I’d like to ask how to solve the pension problem in the community if you were a deputy to the District People’s Congress,” silver-haired Han was the first to ask.
Li Cheng, one of the four candidates and director of the Standing Committee of People’s Congress of Shijingshan District, answered the question bluntly. He said, “With the development of the age, the aging problem has become increasingly prominent at the moment. But the central and local governments are making efforts to solve it. I will work hard to solve it in Bajiaobeili Community.”
During the meeting, the four candidates introduced themselves, told how to perform their duties, and answered how to construct aging service stations and operate convenience facilities in old communities.
The four candidates of Li Cheng, Li Bojun, Chen Peng and Hui Chunhong were elected based on the opinions of voters after repeated discussions and consultations. Before the election of District People’s Congress, the voter registration work has been carried out in homes or communities with a total of 2,300 voters registered including more than 1,800 residents.
“This year’s election work highlights a voter registration information management system and a stricter qualification of candidates in Shijingshan District, which specifically provides that anyone seriously violating local social order or having problems of personal integrity should not be nominated as a candidate,” Gong Zhibiao, director in charge of the election work in Shijingshan District, told.
It is learned that 93 election districts in ten branches have been established to elect 185 deputies to the People’s Congress in Shijingshan District. After the discussions and negotiations of the voters in the election districts, 272 candidates for the District People’s Congress deputies have been elected, of which 236 are jointly recommended by up to 10 voters or above, including 154 males, 118 females accounting for 43.38 percent, 166 members of the Communist Party of China accounting for 61.03 percent, 16 ethnic minorities accounting for 5.88 percent, 106 members of the democratic parties, non-Party personages and masses accounting for 38.97 percent, and 225 grass-roots candidates accounting for 80.36 percent.
Meanwhile, Gong also said that there are three ways to introduce candidates for the District People’s Congress deputies include meetings, introduction by nominators and introduction by the election committee. Today’s meeting featuring democracy and the face-to-face contact between voters and candidates can help voters have a clear understanding of the candidates.
“I feel it very good and the meeting shortens the distance between voters and candidates. The four post-70s candidates are really young and energetic,” said Liu, a voter who had lived in the community for 30 years. Additionally, this year the community also plans to open a WeChat group where residents and deputies can communicate and discuss the livelihood issues at any time.
Statistics show that as of October 26, 2016 the 644 voter registration stations in 93 election districts in Shijingshan District have received the registration of 287,612 voters, accounting for 96.6 percent of the total 297,774 voters. Currently, 300 polling stations have been set up in the 93 election districts.
A voter asks questions to the candidates of District People’s Congress deputies during a meeting in Bajiaobeili Community in Shijingshan District, Beijing, Nov. 10, 2016. [Photo by Zha Tiantian/Qianlong]
Voters attend a special “interview” with the candidates of District People’s Congress deputies in Bajiaobeili Community in Shijingshan District, Beijing, Nov. 10, 2016. [Photo by Zha Tiantian/Qianlong]