A former county chief has been arrested for bribery and rigging a local election. Zhong Hongmao, former chief of Heping county in Guangdong's Heyuan city, was arrested on Monday for bribing voters in June to ensure his victory in the local election, Xinhua said on Tuesday. It said a probe was launched after the election when the provincial Government and Heyuan Government both received a large number of complaints, mostly about the election in June, accusing Zhong of bribery. A team of investigators was sent from Heyuan to Heping county on July 5 to look into the matter, Xinhua said. Prosecutors in the city confirmed results of the investigation on Monday and decided to put Zhong, whose election win had already been disqualified, under formal arrest. According to Xinhua, the Heyuan People's Congress has already revoked Zhong's qualification as a delegate to the congress, indicating that the former chief would likely be put on trial. The central Government has begun to allow local-level governments to elect rural leaders, hailing the elections proof of China's success in practising democracy. Researchers in China have admitted the elections are rudimentary and fraud is common.