Guangdong is reputed for being one of the most corrupted
regions in China, thanks, at least partly, to Wang Yang,
a vice premier and the former Guangdong governor, in the
previous five years or so. When it comes to village election,
Guangdong style democracy bears all the hallmarks of demon-crazy.
Recently during the election campaign in a freshly urbanized
Baiyunxiaogang Village in Guangdong, six candidates set up
6-day banquet with 130 tables to accommodate a thousand dinners
at a local school's sports ground to openly bribe the voters,
according to China's state media.
"This is just a way to help the voters to know who
their candidates are," explained one of the candidates
"People get enough of the current village administration," added
The current village authority is believed to be rather corrupt,
as the guys follow Li Keqiang's "reform dividend" doctrine
very closely. A villager complained to journalist that the
stock dividend from village's joint business venture has
dropped from 32 yuan per share in 1999 to 16 yuan by now,
and that the community income hasn't been used to improve
villager's welfare. "Say this sports ground. It is the
village's public infrastructure, but the administration contracts
out the management of the venue, as the result we villagers
have to pay for coming here to do exercise."
Clearly, if a position with the village administration brings
no better "dividend", there is no reason for the
candidates to dig deep into their own pocket to provide the
voters with weeklong banquets.