Hanoi (VNA) -
conferences have been held three times to select virtuous and talented candidates
running for seats in the National Assembly in a democratic fashion and in line
with existing regulations.
The first consultative conference to introduce candidates for the 15th National Assembly (Photo: VNA)
The Presidium of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee has completed
the organisation of the first and second consultative conferences. After the
second, the list of candidates was publicised to collect voters’ opinions.
Evaluating the outcomes of the second consultative conference, Vice President
of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Ngo Sach Thuc said all
delegates at the conference approved a preliminary list of 205 candidates
nominated by central agencies, organisations, and units.
The second consultative conference to draw up a list of candidates for the upcoming elections. (Photo: VNA)
Right after the second conference, the VFF Central Committee compiled a
detailed report and sent it to competent authorities for consideration.
To date, most cities and provinces have finished the organisation of the second
consultative conferences to draw up a list of candidates for the upcoming
elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils
at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure.
According to the VFF, as of March 17, the number of candidates nationwide
topped 1,161, equivalent to 2.3 times the number of deputies to be elected. Of
the total, there were 77 self-nominated candidates in 24 cities and provinces
nationwide, including 30 in Hanoi and 16 in Ho Chi Minh City.
Right after the second consultative conference, the VFF Committees in
localities joined hands with relevant organisations to collect votes of
confidence on candidates in their residential areas.
Thuc said the collection will be held in a democratic fashion and in accordance
with regulations on elections.
The third consultative conference will be organised before 5pm on April 19 to
select the official list of candidates for the election of NA deputies. It will
be chaired by the Presidium of the VFF Central Committee.
Meanwhile, the third conferences in cities and provinces will be held between
April 14 and 18.
According to Thuc, candidates for the election of deputies to the National
Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels are chosen based on standards and
regulations set in the Law on Election of Deputies to the National Assembly and
People’s Councils, the Law on the Organisation of the National Assembly,
Instruction No. 36 from the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission,
and the Politburo’s Directive No. 45.
At the third meeting of the National Election Council (NEC) (Photo: VNA)
The VFF has compiled a plan to strictly supervise election tasks, he said,
adding that election committees at all levels are responsible for receiving and
answering questions from voters.
If there are complaints and denunciations against candidates, they must be
settled in line with existing regulations, Thuc said.
The elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and
all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure are scheduled to take
place on May 23.
will be a total of 500 seats in the 15th National Assembly at both central and
local levels, according to a new resolution adopted by the NA Standing
The NA expects to have 207 deputies, or 41.1 percent of the total, representing
central organisations, including agencies of the NA, the Party and the
President as well as the Government and ministries.
The 293 others, or 58.6 percent, will represent local administrations.
Sixty-three, or 12.6 percent, of the seats will be assumed by top leaders of
centrally-run cities and provinces, such as Secretary and Vice Secretary of the
municipal/provincial Party Committees, Chairpersons of the People’s Councils and
Chairpersons of the People’s Committees.
According to the resolution, about 95 lawmakers (14 percent) will be members of
the Party Central Committee, including 12 – 14 Politburo members.
will be about 25 – 50 deputies who are non-Party members and 50 deputies under
40 while ethnic minority people are expected to account for 18 percent of the
number of official nominees.
The resolution also states that female deputies should account at least 35
percent of the total official nominees./.