Tianhe legislature hopeful says he is being deprived of right to stand as an official candidate Election officials in Guangzhou's Tianhe district have rejected a nomination for a seat in the district legislature from a college lecturer who was thrown out of another college while canvassing for support at the weekend. Xie Xuanxin , 43, who teaches at Guangdong Forestry Vocational College, was grabbed by six people in sportswear and carried out of Guangdong Finance College on Sunday while trying to get students to support his bid to stand for election as a representative of Longdong Street. Mr Xie, a former Communist Youth League leader, said the Longdong election office rejected his nomination papers when he went to register his candidacy on Monday, saying he had missed the deadline. 'I disagree with the reason they gave me. That deadline is for the preliminary list of candidates. The final deadline is tomorrow. Until tomorrow they are supposed to seek the views of voters on the preliminary list of candidates,' Mr Xie said. 'I have 1,500 people supporting me. That is 20 times more than the other candidates. There is no reason for them to reject me.' Mr Xie said he was told by the Guangzhou election office that he could still stand for election as an unofficial candidate and could still be a people's congress representative if he received one vote more than the other candidates. 'They are depriving me of my right to stand as an official candidate and depriving voters of their right to nominate their own candidates,' he said. In mainland elections, candidates are nominated by administrative units, which also organise elections. Mr Xie's case has drawn a rare commentary by Xinhuanet, which criticised the obstruction of a candidate's campaign for votes. The commentary, signed by author Lu Yixin , questioned the way security guards evicted Mr Xie and confiscated his campaign material, saying he had done nothing wrong by going to Guangdong Finance College to campaign because it had a bigger student population. 'The obstruction of Mr Xie's bid to canvass for votes reflects an obvious social problem, that is, the influence of local and regional authorities is very obvious,' Mr Lu wrote. 'This problem exists everywhere in every country. The problem is how to resolve this contradiction. Naturally, it's hard to completely prevent it because who doesn't want their own horse to win? Since this is the case, it is important to regularise electoral districts and to do that it is important to perfect the election law.' The Guangdong Forestry Vocational College and the election office did not respond to queries. In Mr Xie's district, 11,026 voters will pick one representative while in another district covering government offices, 194 voters will pick two representatives. Both Mr Xie's college and Guangdong Financial College have named candidates who made it to the official list. A Sun Yat-sen University lecturer said the Xinhuanet commentary reflected the central government's desire to weaken the power of local authorities.