Party organizations and governments at all levels are required
to further promote transparent and democratic administration in
villages, according to a high-level meeting of the Communist Party
of China (CPC) held in Beijing Friday.
Participants in the meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC
Central Committee, presided over by General Secretary Hu Jintao,
held that improving the transparency in village affairs and
democratic administration of villages, as well as safeguarding the
fundamental interests of villagers, constituted a major part of
improving self-government by villagers and promoting socialist
It would also help to improve the Party's style of work, build a
closer relationship between officials and the masses, and promote
reform and all-round development of the rural areas.
Currently, 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities
in China have formulated procedures for the election of villagers’
committees. The election of villagers' committees of the fifth or
sixth terms have been completed in most areas.
More than 90 percent of the villages throughout the country have
formed a system to publicize village financial and administrative
(Xinhua News Agency May 29, 2004)