Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (C) addresses Cabinet meeting (Photo: VNA)
- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on May 10 requested
ministries, ministerial-level agencies and relevant Government agencies to
proactively develop scenarios to hold the upcoming elections amidst the
COVID-19 pandemic while chairing a Cabinet meeting on election preparations.
The PM asked the Ministry of Health to clarify criteria for
localities on how to declare the pandemic and specific response measures.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Communications
and press agencies were urged to expand dissemination on the elections and
disease prevention and control measures on all means of communications, with diversified,
rich, practical and effective forms.
The ministries of National Defence and Public Security should
stay ready to ensure security, safety and order at polling stations from now
until the election day – May 23.
The People's Committees at all levels need coordinate
closely with the organisations in charge of the election work in the localities,
ensure facilities, technology and equipment for the elections, and focus on pandemic
prevention and control, Chinh stressed.
Given the complex developments of the pandemic, the Government
leader emphasised the need for a written request to the National Election
Council requiring specific regulations on the organisation of meetings with
voters and voting in an appropriate form.
He asked agencies, following their assigned functions and
tasks, to effectively organise in the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure
to elect competent candidates and at the same time ensure pandemic prevention
Reporting on election organisation, a representative from
the Ministry of Home Affairs said that over the past time, the National
Election Council, ministries, sectors and localities have taken drastic
measures to fight the pandemic and actively prepare for the elections.
Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan stated that his
ministry had issued a plan on medical work serving the elections with focus on
environmental sanitation and COVID-19 safety, food safety, and emergency and
several special cases./.