People’s Congress system ensures people’s democracy

BEIJING: China’s system of people’s congress is an important institutional vehicle for realizing a whole-process people’s democracy as well as a platform to guarantee wide participation, a Chinese official said on Wednesday.
Song Rui, director general of the Research Office of the General Office of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, made the remarks at a press conference on the progress and achievements in upholding and improving the people’s congress system in the new era.
In terms of institutional support, Song pointed out that the most important thing for the people to be the masters of the country is to hold and exercise state power effectively through people’s congresses in managing the country.
People’s congresses at all levels are a fundamental vehicle guaranteeing that the people run the country, he said, by managing state and social affairs and economic and cultural undertakings in conformity with legal provisions.
Under the system, the Constitution and laws are formulated and amended to provide a reliable guarantee of the rule of law for the whole process of people’s democracy, Song said.
The congresses cover all aspects of democratic elections, consultation, decision-making, management and oversight, and oversee the people’s right to information, participation, expression, and oversight are implemented in every area and at every stage.
He added the whole-process people’s democracy protects the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the people by taking into account all aspects of social conditions and public sentiment.
This form of democracy offers a new way of implementing people’s sovereignty, which pursues the unification of process and results-based democracy, procedural democracy and substantive democracy, direct democracy and indirect democracy, as well as people’s democracy and state will.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012, the people’s congress system has become more mature and better defined, Deputy Secretary General of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Wang Tiemin told the press conference.
The implementation of the Constitution has improved to a new level, Wang pointed out, adding that in 2018, the NPC adopted the fifth amendments to the document on consolidating the rule of law and gathering majestic forces for the realization of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
–The Daily Mail-CGTN news exchange item