The electoral package includes the number, ratio, constitution of delegates, election method and etc. Before every CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee formulates the electoral package for the next Party congress, which would include the following main contents.
To decide the quota of delegates according to an appropriate ratio of Party members. The 15th CPC National Congress had 2,050 delegates along with 60 delegates specially invited by the Central Party Committee. The 16th CPC National Congress will have 2,120 delegates.
To stipulate the constitutions of delegates such as the ratio of age, educational level, profession and ethnic minority in line with the international and domestic situation, the Party's central task and the constitutional changing in Party member groups. In recent years, the quota for the CPC National Congress is distributed principally in favor of the young, the well-educated, ethnic minorities and grass-root Party members so as to build up a young, intelligent, professional Party official group. Venerable Party members still hold certain seats but the ratio has declined obviously.
To detail the requirements of delegates.
To designate electoral units. The Party committees of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government are steadfast electoral units. Some electoral units may be designated according to the change of Party administrative structure in departments directly under the CPC Central Committee, offices of the central governments and affiliated institutes, and the military troops. The 15th CPC National Congress had 36 electoral units. The 16th CPC National Congress has 38 electoral units.
To confirm electoral method. Since the 13th CPC National Congress, a competitive election as a margin of victory of 10 percent to 15 percent has been adopted in the election of the delegates.
In October 2001, the CPC Central Committee issued a notice regarding the election of delegates for the 16th CPC National Congress, which detailed the division of electoral units, requirements for the delegates, constitutions, quota and election procedure.