Elections are conducted all around the world as a means for citizens to fairly and peacefully elect their leaders and representatives. A legal framework for the conduct of elections serves as the bases for evaluating how democratic elections are held in a particular country. Moreover, political stakeholders, such as political parties, candidates, citizens and civil society organizations, should have an acute understanding of this framework as a means of discerning whether competition for power will be done freely and fairly.
Through a network of relevant research and contacts, the Chinese Electoral Framework Project (CEFP) website seeks to provide information regarding how elections are conducted in China, the existing legal framework governing the conduct of these elections and recommendations for improvement on existing policy for future elections.
The information provided in this site is by no means exhaustive, but it will provide documentation and analysis of the legal framework and history on electoral policy and practice in China, a description of the institutions and practices required for the election process and a context to assess the freeness and fairness of the electoral process. Additionally, this site will provide links to relevant articles, guides and policy tools that may be helpful not only in understanding elections in China, but in other parts of the world as well.