500 Chinese lawmakers forced to leave office over election fraud

Washington, Dec. 30: More than 500 Chinese lawmakers accused of election fraud have been forced to leave office.

The officials were disqualified, dismissed or resigned following elections in Hunan at the Hengyang municipal people’s congress, the local legislative body.

According to CNN, 56 provincial lawmakers offered bribes to 518 municipal lawmakers and 68 staff members, a statement from the Hunan provincial people’s congress said.

The total amount of money involved exceeded 110 million yuan, or $18.14 million U.S. dollars.

The 56 provincial lawmakers were disqualified Saturday and 512 municipal legislator resigned, according to Xinhua.

Cases of those suspected of breaking the law will be prosecuted, the report added. (ANI)