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China elects 2,980 deputies to national legislature

Updated: Feb 23,2018 8:39 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — A total of 2,980 deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, have been elected and are awaiting final confirmation.

A report on the election of new NPC deputies, from 35 electoral units across the country, was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for confirmation on Feb 23.

The deputy name list is scheduled to be published on Feb 24.

“The deputies to the 13th NPC make up a broad cross-section with each region, ethnic group and sector of society having proper representatives,” said Xin Chunying, deputy secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee, elaborating on the report at the meeting.

The elections were legal and the qualifications of all deputies are valid, according to a commission of the NPC Standing Committee in charge of checking their validity.

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the meeting.

Members of the NPC Standing Committee deliberated a report on the work of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, the agenda of the first 13th NPC session, the presidium and secretary-general name list, and a name list of nonvoting delegates.

They also reviewed an amendment to a 2015 decision on pledging allegiance to the Constitution, a report on the implementation of the Seed Law, and a State Council proposal to extend the stock listing reform that changed the listing system of the Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses from approval-based to registration-based.

The other documents submitted for reading were a report on the qualifications of some NPC deputies and a motion to add new members to the military’s election committee, in addition to appointments and dismissals.