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East China city reforms government job selection

11-23-2010 13:37 BJT

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The government of Jiaxing city in east China's Zhejiang province has released information about the families of nominated public servants with the aim of ensuring fairness in the selection of government officials.

It is the first time in China that a government has released such information during official selections, Tuesday's China Daily quoted the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post as saying.

The 15 nominated people concerned, who are being nurtured as possible officials of the future, not only had their personal information, such as ages and positions, disclosed but also the employment background and positions of their immediate family members.

All the nominated people were born after 1975, with the youngest born in 1980.

The release of information about candidates' family members was seen as a way of eliminating public suspicion about under-the-table deals in selecting officials.

Chen Lingen, an official from the organization department of Communist Party of China Jiaxing committee, told the media that the selection process attracted great attention in Jiaxing, so the government decided to disclose the family information.

In recent years, there have been scandals involving government officials who have selected and promoted their children or other family members as future government officials. These revelations triggered great anger among the public.

The Jiaxing government thus expected the disclosure of information would make the selection process more transparent and eliminate unnecessary suspicion.

"It does not matter if the nominated officials are the children or family members of government officials or not, as long as the procedure is fair and transparent. What we need is a fair selection procedure," said a netizen named Beihuyoule from Shanghai.

But the names of the immediate family members of the 15 nominated officials in Jiaxing, which included parents, spouses and children, were not required. According to the local government, this move was intended to protect the privacy of the officials and their families.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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