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2014-10-31 Fri 13:38
Residents of a village in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have hit out at the alleged rigging of a village election earlier this month amid a corruption scandal.
Wang Songling, the former chairperson of Laizhou city's Shizhulan village committee who exposed corruption by village party officials, said officials and unidentified hired thugs garnered support by “donating” rice in return for votes.
Local officials from the village, which is administered by Pinglidian township, later returned all the ruling Chinese Communist Party-backed candidates to the newly constituted village committee, Wang and other witnesses told RFA.