Wukan Prepares For Elections
Guangdong’s Wukan has attracted global attention.
On February 1, villagers elected notary public for “Election
Committee" to oversee committee elections on March 1.
Some reports state, this is the so-called democracy
and political reform pilot of Wang Yang.
But his political opponents are worried
that this may make other parts of the country follow.
If it turns out not so good,
his political career may be coming to an end.
On March 1, the Wukan villagers
will have the village elections.
Over the past 10 days, volunteers went door to door
to carry out voter registration.
They assured 7800 villagers can vote on Wednesday,
when there will select an electoral commission.
Reporter from HK’s Apple Daily recently went to Wukan
and saw the billboard: “Wukan village re-election plan."
The billboard stated: “The village committee elections will be
held on March 1, over 10,000 villagers have the right to vote, as long as they are over 18 years of age.”
It also listed a number of key details
to assure fair elections.
However, this billboard was removed the next day.
Reporters think, this is probably because too many reporters
went to the village, so the elections got early exposure.
Or the Chinese authorities are worried democratic elections
will lead to a domino effect, which can cause political instability and shake the Chinese communist regime.
On February 1, Wukan villagers told NTDTV, that they came
at 9 am to select the notary public of the Election Committee.
About 40 people from seven villages competed for 11 positions.
At that time, the election results were not out yet.
Cai, Wukan villager: “There is a ticket office for each village.
Only two villages are done, five villages remain.
We elected the notary public and next month,
on March 1, we will elect the village committee."
Villager Zhang said, even the system is one person, one vote,
they set up the “election monitoring group" to avoid frauds.
Cai said that the authorities did not fulfill
any of their promises.
The villagers are waiting to see whether this election
can resolve their dissatisfaction.
Cai: “It is still in progress and after March 1,
they may check the land.
It is not yet clear now.
We will see how they will do."
Cai said Xuejin Bo’s daughter also attended
the notary public election.
Xue died bizarrely last year in the Wukan event.
Xue’s body has not been returned to his family.
His daughter was now surrounded by a large number
of media correspondents.
British’ Financial Times reported that for Guangdong
Provincial Party Secretary Wang Yang,
this unusual democratic experiment may have a
significant impact on his political ambitions.
Pu Fei (spokesman, China Tian Wang Centre for Human
Rights): “If Wang Yang wants a political reform experiment,
we would like him to repeal the internet censorship firstly,
and then to engage in a practice of multi-party politics.
Only then can this be called a test for political change."
Financial Times also stated that Wang Yang created a number
of enemies by the way he deals with the Wukan’s protest.
Some conservative officials worry that Wukan
will become a model for the rest of China.
Pu Fei: “Some advocates of Chinese authorities like measuring
the enemies of the so-called political stars.
The enemies may be conservative officials,
or officials of the radicals.
In fact, these people do not exist. The Chinese Communist
Party’ (CCP) system is still united to suppress the people.
There is no such thing as who should loose
and who should control."
Pu Fei pointed out that many places are in a similar situation
as Wukan, and people are just trying to protect their rights.
NTD reporters Li Yun and Li Anan