President Hu’s voter slip says he’s “of age”.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and other top party leaders went to the polls on November 8 to elect the people’s representatives for their respective districts. As usual, state broadcaster CCTV’s news bulletin Xinwen Lianbo was on hand to dutifully cover the president’s every step. This time, however, it probably gave a little too much, or rather, too little away.
One eagle-eyed netizen nicknamed “Sining” on the KDNet forum says it was visible from the news report that the president’s voter slip did not have his age specified, and instead had just one Chinese character “成” to indicate that he was “of age”.
According to Chinese law, voter slips have to be sent out to voters at least twenty days before the elections and the voter’s name, gender and age must be clearly printed on the card. In Beijing, residents have to be at least 18-years-old before they can vote.
While it is clear that the president is way above the minimum voting age, “Sining” wonders why a special exception has been made for the president not to fill out his age when everyone else is required to fill out their exact age. Furthermore, Hu’s age is no state secret and official versions of his resume published by Xinhua have him born in December 1942, which makes him 68.
“The president cannot possibly have directed the Xicheng District voting committee to incorrectly fill out his form,” said “Sining”. “The exception violates the spirit of equality and was probably the handiwork of lower level district officials. I call upon the voting committee to respect the right of Hu Jintao to have a properly-filled out voter slip and to send him his corrected slip as soon as possible.”
We’re reposting this just in case it gets scrubbed from KDNet:
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