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Independent candidates in China's local elections?

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I might say it's probably just a trick of having these independent candidates sign up in the ballot and probably one of the China's conspiracy. You never know how a communist country would manipulate the politics and people.
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I'm think this is a trap for them to jump in.
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China's constitution allows independent candidates to run in local elections but it is a futile exercise for those who dare to get their names on the ballot.
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I might say it's probably just a trick of having these independent candidates sign up in the ballot and probably one of the China's conspiracy. You never know how a communist country would manipulate the politics and people.
So you don't think the votes count?
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So you don't think the votes count?
Probably not. They are a Communist country with shady politics. Perhaps this is to give the people the illusion they have a choice.
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Probably not. They are a Communist country with shady politics. Perhaps this is to give the people the illusion they have a choice.
Reminds me of our election. Independents allow people who don't care for party candidates to vote.
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This thread seems awfully harsh towards independent candidates. They may not be able to become elected because of a small following, but they can certainly spread their ideas through election campaigns.
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So these local polls are the only chance most Chinese people get to vote but there is a crucial, unofficial caveat. It is the Communist Party that decides who gets on to the ballot.
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Yet other independent candidates represent certain interest groups or a group of voters. The latter category is typical of the Chinese electoral system where a certain number of voters, say not less than 10, can nominate a candidate to contest elections (Yuan, 2011). It is, thus, imperative to have a broader conception that ably distinguishes independent candidates who have no party affiliation from those who may be supported by political parties or other non-party groups.
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If the South China Sea does not bring sanctions on China in the near future, what China does to citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan could be a reason to impose sanctions on China at some point.
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Don't dream, people. For sure they will forced soon. Tianmen II is a truly posibility. Of course, they will shoot after arrest everyone.
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China should grow up and bow out they and Russia should work with what they have and leave other nations alone
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Hong Kong, Tibet, Uigur..... List continues...
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What course of action could / should be taken in the event this takes a downward turn?
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China's electoral guidelines state that candidates may put themselves forward if they receive recommendations from at least 10 local voters in direct elections to district and township level People's Congresses.
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In the past, voters cast write-in votes for legitimate independent candidates, but few independent candidates are willing to run anymore. Chinese President Xi Jinping repeatedly warns the country of the dangers of Western values and democracy.
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