Special teams on ground to ensure fair elections

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The Party's top member-managing and discipline-inspecting departments have jointly sent supervisory teams to 14 provinces and autonomous regions to ensure there is no misconduct during the local leadership reshuffles as officials at various levels finish their five-year terms.

The teams, comprising officials from the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Central Commission of Discipline Inspection, will supervise, examine and instruct those involved in local elections and leadership reshuffles in the provinces and autonomous regions of Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Henan, Hunan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Tibet and Xinjiang, according to a statement by the Organization Department on Sunday.

Throughout the year, local governments will select new leading officials at the village, township, county, city and province level.

The teams will be available by telephone and the Internet to receive tip-offs.

Misconduct during the selections is not rare on the part of officials at various administrative levels, according to Chinese media reports.

Zhang Bingsheng, the former mayor of Taiyuan, the capital of North China's Shanxi province, was removed from his post and reprimanded by the Party for directing his secretary to disrupt voting with text messages in January, the Organization Department said in early April.

Zhang was said to have been unhappy at not having been selected as a candidate for position of deputy governor of Shanxi province.

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