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Chinese netizens told to vote ‘yes’ without options

Dec. 22 (China Daily): Netizens have been forced to say they were satisfied with at least half of the government departments in Putian city, in East China’s Fujian province, or have their voting rights canceled.

The Dec. 1 to 6 online poll was launched by government of Putian to find out if the public was satisfied with its 79 departments.

This is not the first case of governments launching questionable online polls.

A report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in 2009 said nearly half of all governmental websites in 43 major cities in China were functioning poorly. “Some government online satisfaction polls lack integrity. They are supposed to be used to collect diverse public opinions … instead of gaining praise by rigging the process,” said Lu Yanbin, a CASS researcher.

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