Maritime police join an early election in Tho Chau island district (Photo: VNA)
- The elections of deputies to the 15th
National Assembly and the People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure on May 23 is an opportunity for the Vietnamese people to
express their voices over such important issues as the nation’s leadership and
the strengthening of local governments’ apparatus, said Professor Carl Thayer,
an expert from Australia’s New South Wales University.
In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Thayer said the
Vietnamese legislature’s activities have undergone important changes during the country's process to build and strengthen its socialist rule-of-law state, especially
since the adoption of the Constitution in 1992 (amended in 2001), the 2013 Constitution
and the 2015 Law on Election.
Banners on the elections in Hanoi's Ha Dong district (Photo: VNA)
According to the expert, this year's elections saw more than
69 million constituents eligible to vote, and all of the candidates were thoroughly
evaluated to ensure qualification. The list of qualified candidates also
exhibits diversity in composition with a high proportion of women and ethnic
minorities, at 45 percent and 21 percent, respectively.
Evaluating the preparation for this important event, Thayer said
that Vietnam has made extraordinary efforts in the context of COVID-19 outbreaks.
The National Election Council has adopted an official list
of 866 qualified candidates, he noted, citing information from local press as
saying that 84,767 election groups have been set up to run polling stations on
the election day./.