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In pictures: China's village ballot box
Turnout: 94%

On a chilly December morning in Liuqian village, in China's Shandong province, 1,286 people 94% of those villagers eligible to vote gather in the local school playground to elect a new village committee.

Committees are responsible for the day-to-day management of villages, and since 1998 the law has stated that they must be directly elected by the villagers themselves.

Some experts believe that this could be the start of democracy in China.

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