March 12, 2010, 2:55 pm
By The Carter Center
A small Carter Center delegation is in China this week to advance the Center’s programming efforts there. The Center has worked to help standardize the vast array of electoral procedures taking place in local communities and foster better governance for more than a decade, at the invitation of the Chinese government.
Today, while continuing to monitor local elections, the China Program also focuses on rural and urban community building and civic education about rights, laws, and political participation. Read more about China Program work.
On March 10, the delegation observed village elections in Zhongping Village, Shizi Township, Yanjin County, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province.
Elections were held for the chair and vice chair of the villagers’ committee, as well as committee members. The incumbent party secretary of the village won the race for the villager committee chair by a landslide, securing more than 90 percent of the votes.
Zhaongping village has a total population of 2,045. It has 1,493 registered voters, among which 640 are women. On election day, over 900 voters came to the election site, some had to walk more than three hours to the voting site.