The Communist Party of China (CPC) has warned government officials against the "10 taboos" ahead of the upcoming local leadership reshuffles.
The list was made public at a national video conference jointly held by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee and the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
The "10 taboos" include:
-- using various ways to win support during the reshuffle, including making phone calls, conducting visits, holding banquets and giving gifts;
-- lobbying officials of higher rank to achieve promotion;
-- handing out pamphlets or giving souvenirs without authorization;
-- holding social activities in the name of reunions of classmates, townsmen or fellow soldiers to form cliques;
-- offering bribes in cash, gifts and stocks to buy government jobs;
-- taking bribes or attending banquets staged to drum up support during the reshuffle;
-- covering up or shielding illicit activities during the reshuffle;
-- spreading hearsay or using letters, leaflets, text messages or the Internet to vilify others;
-- using intimidation or deception to hamper and infringe upon the democratic rights of delegates or committee members;
-- arranging jobs for people or making a rush for somebody's promotion.
China will go through nationwide leadership elections and reshuffles of legislatures, governments and political advisory bodies at the provincial level in January this year as many officials had finished their five-year term.
The work is already underway at city, county and township levels in some provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
The Organization Department and the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection will jointly send 20 inspection groups to guide and monitor the reshuffle in the country.
Local media organizations were required to inform the public of the telephone number and mailing address of the inspection group to help them to report any malpractice and corrupt candidates during the local leadership reshuffle.
The Organization Department also promised to make its "12380" hotline available round the clock for the public.
The department announced last month that 1,968 officials have been punished for wrongdoing during the reshuffle of local governments, legislatures and political advisory bodies.
They have received administrative and discipline punishment and some even faced criminal charges.
Organization departments of all levels have investigated about 25,000 complaints since the reshuffle started in 2006 and found 1,844 cases of malpractice.
A prefectural-level official in north China's Hebei provincial government was dismissed from his post on November 30 last year by the CPC committee in Hebei province for buying votes through "giving out presents, paying home visits to people concerned and inviting them for dinners" and is awaiting further punishment.