More than 1,000 motions had been tabled to the ongoing First Session of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, an official in charge said in Beijing Tuesday.
"According to incomplete figures, by 6 p.m. Monday, the deadline for accepting legislators' motions, the number of motions received had exceeded 1,000," said Li Bojun, deputy director of the office under the motions division of the current session. "The counting of the exact number is still under way."
The motions were set forth either by a delegation or through the joint endorsement of more than 30 lawmakers, Li explained.
This is the third year in a row that more than 1,000 motions are tabled to the annual full session of the NPC. Last year's NPC session, or the Fifth Session of the 9th NPC, received a total of 1,194 motions.
This year's motions focus mainly on major issues related to China's economic and social development, as well as hot-topic issues of great concerns to the general public, Li said.
(Xinhua News Agency March 11, 2003)