The Gerrymandered National People’s Congress – Donald C. Clarke

380622862007072017370303 120 From Chinese Law Prof Blog:

A little-remarked passage (part VI, numbered para. 1) in Hu Jintao’s work report to the 17th Party Congress [Chinese | English] last month calls for the gradual bringing into line of the different ratios of representation of rural and urban residents in China. I checked with a colleague who’s very well informed about China, and it turns out that even well-informed people don’t generally know that Art. 16 of the Election Law provides that urban residents shall get four times as many NPC seats per person as rural residents:


This electoral discrimination against rural residents has a long history and arises, unsurprisingly enough, from the view that this was after all supposed to be a revolution led by the proletariat, and we can’t have them swamped by all those peasants. [Full Text]

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