Drafters of legislation should address local interests but must also take care to abide by the constitution, a senior legislator said. National People's Congress Vice-Chairman Jiang Chunyun made the demand on a visit recently to Guangdong province, Xinhua reported. During his tour of the area, which began two weeks ago, he collected feedback from officials on legislation governing the drafting of laws which is currently being studied by the NPC Standing Committee. According to Xinhua, Mr Jiang said the new legislation was necessary so that the drafting of laws could be carried out in a 'systematic, legal manner'. He added that extensive consultation must be conducted when legislation is being prepared. He also demanded that public opinion be fully taken into account. The Vice-Chairman said it was appropriate that local legislation addressed local issues and reflected local concerns but it must, he stressed, follow the constitution. He pointed out that while legislative drafters could learn from how other countries drew up their legislation and the issues they covered, drafters must adopt a clear political position on laws involving the mainland's 'basic economic and political systems'. Mr Jiang held meetings with cadres, legislators and government officials in Shantou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Guangzhou during his almost two-week visit, Xinhua said.