China elections: Independent candidates fight for the ballot
China's constitution allows independent candidates to run in local elections but it is a futile exercise for those who dare to get their names on the ballot.
In the heart of Beijing's old alleyways, the polling station is bathed in autumn sunlight. It is busy. An elderly man has turned up with his wife on the back of his tricycle.
Three nurses, clutching their voter registration certificates, arrive on foot in deep conversation while election officials and policemen oversee the whole affair.
On the surface, it is a scene that would be recognisable to voters in democratic countries the world... read more
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