Residents accused officials of voting fraud and blocked the vote count in a local election at a southern Chinese village where police and citizens clashed earlier over corruption allegations, Hong Kong media reported Tuesday.
Tempers flared in Taishi village on Monday when villagers accused officials of unfairly disallowing proxy votes and rigging the run-off election for a delegate to a local people’s congress, the South China Morning Post and Apple Daily reported. The congress is similar to a state legislature or county board of commissioners.
About 20 villagers shouted at an equal number of officials overseeing the vote, the Post said. The crowd also blocked the officials from opening the ballot box and counting the votes, Apple Daily reported.
See also ESWN’s translation of a Boxun report about the election.