The supervisory commission of Hongze District, Huai’an city, was inaugurated Wednesday afternoon, making it the first of its kind in the province and the countdown for the province-wide establishment of the supervisory commissions.
The supervisory commission of Hongze District will be headquartered with and staffed by the district’s Commission for Discipline Inspection while their functions will be dealt with separately.
China will establish a national supervisory commission by March 2018 as part of the country's anti-corruption campaign, with jurisdiction over Party organs.
The new supervisory commissions will incorporate existing supervisory, corruption prevention and control agencies within the governments and procuratorates.
Supervisory commissions will be set up across the country by the People's Congresses at provincial, city and county-levels within their jurisdiction to supervise those exercising public power, according to the decision.
The commissions would be in charge of three major duties: supervision, investigation and punishment.
They will supervise public functionaries' execution of duty and ethics; investigate illegal activities such as graft, misuse of authority, neglect of duty and wasting public funds; issue administrative penalties; and transfer suspected criminal cases to the procuratorates.
It also specified a series of means could be used in carrying out those duties, including inquiry, search, freezing assets and detention.
Local Party organizations are required to make sure a smooth transition and new commissions should effectively exercise their duties, cooperate with law enforcement agencies and discipline their own staff.