At a quarantine facility in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)
City (VNS/VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s local authorities are cooperating
with health centres and agencies to set up polling sites and
finish preparations for the elections of deputies to the 15th National
Assembly and People's Councils for the 2021-26 tenure on May 23.
According to the city's Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention, as of
Friday more than 3,800 people were staying at the city’s quarantine
areas and 485 others were isolated at home.
The city authorities said that 3,830 voters are staying
in quarantine areas.
Dr Nguyen Trung Hoa, head of the Go Vap district Health Centre, said: “Local
election teams including one health official will bring a ballot box to houses
where voters are quarantined.”
After voters cast their ballots, the box will be sealed
and disinfected and then transported by hospital vehicles to
voting sites, Hoa said.
As of May 20, 55 people in the district have finished their quarantine
time and will go to voting sites in wards where they live.
At the quarantine area in the district’s ward 15, the centre’s health officials
have set aside a separate site for the elections, in cooperation with the
ward’s election team.
“Sixteen voters at the quarantine area are expected to take part in the
elections on Sunday (May 23). Each of them will be invited to go down to the
election site to keep a safe distance to avoid transmission,” Hoa said.
All pens, papers and other items at the election site will be used only once,
he said, adding that chairs and the path to the site will be disinfected.
“All information about the elections including biographies of candidates and
their action programmes has been provided to voters. The district’s
list of candidates was uploaded in the Zalo group for these voters,” he
Preparation for the elections has been completed at the Cu Chi COVID-19 treatment
hospital in Cu Chi district where 19 COVID-19 patients are being treated and
328 people are quarantined.
Senior Lieutenant Colonel Truong Dang Khoa, deputy political commissar of
the Military School at the HCM City High Command, said that his unit
was collaborating with staff at the field hospital to publish a list of
voters and health officials there on Sunday.
The list of candidates and their action programmes have
been published for the voters.
“We are cooperating with relevant agencies to organise the election according
to legal regulations, ensuring that quarantined voters and patients can
take part in the election,” Khoa added.
Authorities in lock-downed areas, including some streets
and buildings in District 3 and Thu Duc city, said
that district staff members were co-operating with local health
officials to organise the elections for voters.
Health officials and staff of election teams will wear protective clothing when
they visit areas under lockdown and quarantine areas.
Speaking at a conference held earlier this week in the city, Nguyen Thi Le,
Vice Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee and Chairwoman of the People’s
Council, said that Thu Duc city and 21 districts had finished preparations for
told people’s committee in wards, communes, and towns to create schedules
for voting to avoid a large number of voters at the same time at voting sites.
The city has nearly 5.5 million voters and 3,092 election teams.
Election Committee has issued plans on preventive measures against
COVID-19. Plans were made for voting sites; voters quarantined
at home; voters in quarantine areas and under lockdown; and
health establishments where COVID-19 patients and people suspected of
having COVID-19 are being treated.
If voting sites are under lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak, election teams
must strengthen disinfection. Attendees must keep a distance of at least
2m between them. The election procedures and times for voting must be
arranged at each voting site and residential area.
Voting will take place from 7am to 7pm on May 23. Based on the local
situation, election teams can start earlier but not before 5am. They
can also end later, but not after 9pm.
The city Department of Health requires that masks and hand sanitizers
should be available at voting sites for voters.
The city has 37 candidates for the election of deputies to the 15th National
Assembly and 158 for the elections of People's Council deputies at all