Vietnam ready for Election Day on May 23

All localities across the country have been ready for the general election, an important political event of the country which is slated for May 23, said Bui Van Cuong, General Secretary of the National Assembly and Chairman of the NA Office.

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The election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure will take place on May 23 (Photo: VNA)

Election organising agencies, the whole political system and the entire people of Vietnam are actively making comprehensive preparations to ensure that the election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure will take place in a safe, open and transparent manner.

In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Cuong, who is also chief of the National Election Council (NEC) Office, lauded the close coordination among all relevant agencies in cities and provinces nationwide.

He said that many localities have given creative and effective initiatives in election communications, including posting the list of voters on social media, providing feedback books for voters to make adjustments and supplements to the voter lists, while making well preparations of equipment and infrastructure serving the election.

Cuong noted that the complicated and unexpected developments of the COVID-19 pandemic have posed certain impacts to the preparations for the election.

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Bui Van Cuong, General Secretary of the National Assembly and Head of the NA Office inspects the election preparations in Xuan An ward, Phan Thiet district of Binh Thuan province (Photo: VNA)

In order to ensure the success of the election and minimise impacts from the pandemic, the NEC has issued a number of documents directing and guiding the election activities in the context of the pandemic, including those instructing the making of voter lists and voting methods for voters undertaking quarantine in localities affected by COVID-19.

The direction and organisation of the election in parallel with COVID-19 prevention and control have been strengthened to protect people’s health, with the careful calculation of plans of holding the election, meetings with voters, consultative conferences and making lists of voters.

According to Cuong, all localities nationwide have completed preparations and stood ready for the election.

 

Early voting arranged for officers, soldiers on offshore station

Officers and soldiers serving on DK1/8 marine platform exercised their rights and responsibilities as citizens on May 12 by casting an early ballot in the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province for the 2021-2026 tenure.

Col. Le Dinh Viet, head of the group in charge of organising early voting offshore of the Navy Region 2 High Command, said that, after a one-week journey, as of May 12 it had held early voting at 10 offshore economic, scientific, and technical service platforms on the southern continental shelf, also known as DK1 platforms, and seven vessels on duty at sea, fulfilling half of its assigned tasks.

The group is set to complete its duties and return to the mainland by May 20.

Despite the hardships from constant travelling and the conditions at different units, the election group ensured it followed all election requirements, Viet affirmed.

Corporal Tran Hoang Phong, a voter at the DK1/8 platform, expressed his delight as this is the first time he has exercised his right to vote at a special location while carrying out his duties protecting the country’s sacred sovereignty.

Given the special geographic and job conditions, many constituencies nationwide have been allowed to hold early voting so that voters can exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Voters nationwide will go to the poll to select 500 deputies to the 15th NA from 868 candidates on May 23./. VNA

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