Voters cast their votes (Photo: VNA)
– Foreign news agencies and media outlets on May 23 ran articles
highlighting Vietnam’s elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 term, which
were declared to be a success despite complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
China’s Xinhua News Agency reported that over 69 million
voters across Vietnam cast their votes on May 23 to elect 500 NA deputies
from 866 candidates, and 3,726 deputies to provincial-level People's Councils, 22,952
deputies to district-level People's Councils and 242,312 deputies to commune-level
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have asked voters
to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including wearing
masks and maintaining social distancing at polling stations, said the article.
All voters' entry time should be recorded to be used for
contact-tracing if a positive case or a suspected case of COVID-19 is detected,
it quoted the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. Special ballot boxes were brought
to hospitals, quarantine facilities and lockdown areas for COVID-19 to ensure
people's voting rights.
Vietnamese NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (Photo: VNA)
The UK’s Reuters quoted Vietnamese NA Chairman
Vuong Dinh Hue as saying that organisers have taken measures aimed at ensuring
the elections take place in a safe environment.
“I hope all voters, knowing their role as the owners of the
country, will join the vote to select the most trusted and worthy candidates to
represent their voices,” Hue said ahead of the elections.
Meanwhile, Australia’s website canberratimes.com.au
highlighted voters’ awareness of pandemic prevention and control when all wore
face masks while going to polling stations.
“In Hanoi's Long Bien district, about 30 voters were seen
queuing by a voting booth waiting for their turn, all wearing masks. Before
queuing, the voters had their temperature taken at a nearby table where free
masks and hand sanitiser were offered, with a loudspeaker broadcasting advice
to keep a safe distance,” the article wrote.
In its article on the elections, halonoviny.cz newspaper
of the Czech Republic said that the new parliament is expected to work with the
Party and Government to outline and implement domestic and foreign policies to
realise the targets set out by the 13th National Party Congress,
especially turning Vietnam into a developed country by the mid-21st century.
Meanwhile Dr. Gerhard Will, a German expert on the East Sea
at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; SWP), stated that the Vietnamese National
Assembly has made great contributions to the country’s achievements,
particularly in the fight against the pandemic.
Sharing the same view, veteran journalist Detlef-Diethard
Pries of Neues Deutschland newspaper stated that the legislative body’s efforts
in improving the lives of the people, including ethnic minorities, are also
They expressed their hopes that the parliaments of Vietnam
and Germany will strengthen cooperation in the time to come to facilitate the
two countries’ relations./.