Independent Candidate Wins NPC Election, Kept under Surveillance

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Once every five years in China, National People's Congress (NPC) elections are held. This year a farmer named Guo Huojia beat the state-backed candidate by a landslide of 4,800 to 2,800 votes for the district position in Guangdong Province. It's the first time in history an independent candidate has won.

Guo Huojia campaigned against forced land sales. He said, "My first priorities are concern for people's livelihoods, social security issues, and the rights of Sanshan villagers."

The Chinese regime has not endorsed his win. The morning after his victory about five security personnel arrived at his house and have kept him under 24-hour surveillance. His telephone line is also being intercepted, according to a Guangdong activist named Chen Qitang.

The surprising election result has received media attention around the world, but Chinese state-controlled media have yet to report on the issue.