Saturday, May 5, 2012
On February 10, 2012, Wukan of Guangdoing Province, had a secret ballot election to choose the chief in the village. Since last December, Wukan has attracted global attention due to the corruption relating to the sale of land. By April 2012, the Chinese government has arrested the former village chief and his associates, according to the CCTV news. The village chief had ruled the village over 40 years; finally he was kicked out from the position in 2012. Among 6,500 people in the village chose their own representatives among 150 candidates. The Wukan election might become the fundamental base of the Chinese political reform in the future. Deng Xiaoping set up three small Special Economic Zone (SEZ) about 30 years ago, China today achieved the second economic power in the world. The Wukan election could be the Chinese political “SEZ” in the future.
Source: NHK News (access date: 23 March 2012)
Source: democracyandsociety.com (access date: 1 May 2012)