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Provincial official gets the boot for graft-tainted city poll
(01-02 14:10)

A senior provincial official has been fired and expelled from the Communist Party for negligence in a massive vote-buying scandal, the party's internal anti-graft arm said.
Tong Mingqian failed to take “timely and effective measures'' in the central city of Hengyang to address reports of bribery in the city legislature's selection of provincial representatives, the discipline commission said, AP reports.
The scandal “inflicts great losses to the interests of the party, country and the people, and leaves a harmful political and social impact,’’ the commission said in an announcement on its website. It said Tong's case had been handed over to judicial authorities.
The scandal in Hengyang was reported December 28 when the city dismissed most members of its legislature after they were found to have taken millions of dollars in bribes.
At the time of his dismissal, Tong was vice-chairman of an advisory body to the Hunan province legislature. He was being punished for his alleged role in the scandal when he was Hengyang city's party boss and oversaw the appointment of municipal representatives to the Hunan provincial legislative body, which city lawmakers decide by voting.
Provincial authorities disqualified 56 delegates from Hengyang who were found to have paid more than US$18 million in bribes to gain entry to the provincial body. Authorities in Hengyang dismissed 512 lawmakers for accepting bribes, while another six quit, making up the bulk of its 529-member legislature, state media said.

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