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IN People ON 19 Nov, 2016
It's clearly written in the constitution of China that any individual whose age is more than 18 can run for the elections independently. But, this has become a futile exercise for those who try to claim for the ballot.
A BBC reporter drove to the outer village of Beijing to meet Liu Huizhen, an old woman who wants to take part in the coming election, but the consequences that reporter faced and the way that woman was treated by the Chinese authorities, reveals a lot about China and their political ethics.
According to Chinese law, ten fellow nominations are needed for anyone to stand in the election and to get the ballot as an independent candidate.
But, she can't even get out of her home, and she's not allowed to campaign. China is not a democratic country. We all know that, but stopping a person from exercising what is written in the constitution is completely wrong.
She is living under constant surveillance. A reporter was trying to reach out to this courageous woman to understand what she's going through and what are her further plans, but he was stopped midway.
As he approached her door, unidentified men in a casual dress surrounded him and blocked his way to get inside the house. Somehow this man managed to knock the door and what happened next is shocking and heart-rending.
She came out and decided to speak openly about her democratic rights, and that she intends to practice them. But before she could speak any further, forcefully the door was shut down by those unidentified men.
Hoping that this interview may help Liu in reaching to millions of Chinese people, she opened her window and started sharing her views. Those men closed the windows too.
The five-yearly election in China is considered as the world's largest election. And there are some obvious reasons behind calling it as the greatest because China leads the population chart, and this is the only time when Chinese people get to raise their voice. The views matter or not, that's debatable.
According to state-run media, 900 million people will cast their ballots. As a result, to which, more than 2.5 million deputies will get selected to take place in thousands of 'people's congresses'. Those locals will select the town and state level of congresses above them.
The residents' committee called a meeting to announce the approved list of candidates, Ms. Ye is not on this list. A police officer stopped the reporter from talking to Ye, but somehow he managed to catch her later.
Ms Ye informed the reporter about how she struggled to choose one delegate out of many, and they all did not belong to her place. She didn't even know them. Ye Jingchun decided to
China, who considers Democracy as a threat to the society has counter-attacked its beliefs by treating these candidates this way. It comes out in the light that even a single woman candidate shakes the very premise of the whole Chinese political system.
The story doesn't end here, it begins.
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