Vietnamese youths go to polling stations (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnam’s elections of deputies to the 15th National
Assembly and the People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 term are of
great significance, said Veeramalla Anjaiah, a senior research fellow at the
Centre for Southeast Asian Studies in Jakarta and a senior journalist.
In an interview granted to
Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Indonesia, Anjaiah stated that despite
recent spike in COVID-19 infections, Vietnam’s election body made all
preparations to conduct the most important elections in an open, safe and
transparent way on March 23.
“Though Vietnam follows one-party
system, the elections will not be unanimous and people have the power to reject
any candidate,” he added.
According to the scholar, the
most laudable thing about the elections will be a high representation of women
candidates. At least 393 female candidates, or 45.3 percent, are competing in
the elections. There are 185 candidates are from ethnic minority groups.
The National Assembly has been
playing an important role in the transformation of Vietnam and its society and
economy, he said, stressing it is the backbone of Vietnam’s economic and
political reforms, and truly represents the aspirations of Vietnamese people.
Thanks to the quality and useful
laws, which were enacted by the NA recently, today Vietnam has emerged as a
dynamic country in Southeast Asia with rising exports, foreign direct
investments and forex reserves. It is
also on its way to become an upper middle income country soon.
Officers, soldiers cast their votes (Photo: VNA)
Regarding the role of the new
legislative body in the process of policy-making and development of Vietnam in
the future, Anjaiah stated that the National Assembly will play a strategic role
in making suitable policies and relevant laws to sustain the high economic
growth rate, attract more foreign direct investments, and contain the COVID-19
He suggested the body work
together with the Government and the Party to keep the country on a high growth
trajectory, as the cooperation between these three will be an important factor
in determining Vietnam’s future.
Sharing the same view, Lye Liang
Fook, Senior Fellow at Singapore-based ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, said that
the new National Assembly will lead Vietnam in its next important development
stage, which will focus on growth and innovation, digital economy, hi-tech
manufacturing, and quality education and health.
He proposed Vietnam pay
attention to cutting down bureaucratic administrative procedures, creating
opportunities to training and re-training the labour force, addressing
bottlenecks on infrastructure and stepping up the fight against corruption./.