A 19-year-old university student in Chongqing wants to contest the local people's congress election because he says there are no voices to truly represent college students. Zhang Ning, a public administration management student at Southwest University, said in a letter posted in a 163.com chat room that he would like to run for office in the Beibei district poll as an ordinary Chinese citizen and a university student. In his letter he said that although the mainland had more than 23 million students studying in colleges and universities and about 4 million tertiary graduates each year, there was not one delegate at any level of the people's congress system to represent students. 'University students are a kind of vulnerable group and many of our rights are not protected,' he wrote. Mr Zhang, who is originally from Anhui , said he believed that the nation was moving towards democracy and there was a more democratic and free atmosphere in universities. A teacher from the university's election office said the school was not supportive of people nominating themselves for office.