Once every five years, China gets to show off its own version of democracy by staging nationwide elections for local legislatures. Recently, the BBC tried visiting a woman who is attempting to run as an independent candidate in one of these local elections in Beijing. The visit ended up showing quite a lot about democracy in China.
Watch the absolutely surreal footage below:
Despite the fact that Chinese law states that anyone over 18 who hasn’t been stripped of their political rights can run for election, this is often not the case. Official election committees controlled by the Communist Party ultimately decide who gets on the ballot.
Independent candidates who try to run are often kept under police surveillance or detained. Earlier this week, one candidate told the AFP that at least 20 independent candidates had been blocked running in the local Beijing elections. On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping cast his own vote.
[Video via the BBC]