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China is also going to the polls. But you’d barely know it.

3 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
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very five years, millions of Chinese citizens vote in local elections for “People’s Congresses,” the government’s experiment with grassroots democracy. But the elections are not free and fair, as candidates not registered as Communist Party members often face police harassment or forcible blocking from authorities. “Some people think I am a troublemaker… But I am not afraid. I have the right to participate in this election. I didn’t do anything illegal,” said a woman who tried — unsuccessfully — to put her name forward as an independent candidate for one of the 2.5 million seats available.
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the publication's newsletter, app and website.
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