Chief of the National Election Council (NEC)’s Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc speaks at the 14th NA’s 11th session in Hanoi on March 25. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) -
The nomination of candidates for the upcoming
elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and
all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure has been completed, Chief
of the National Election Council (NEC)’s Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc told the 14th NA’s 11th session in Hanoi on March 25.
Since it was founded at the NA’s 9th session, the National
Election Council (NEC) has been preparing for the organisation of the
legislative elections and providing instructions on the elections of deputies to
People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 term, in order to ensure they
are conducted on schedule and in line with regulations of the existing laws,
said Phuc, who is also Secretary General of the NA and Chairman of the NA’s Office.
The 21-member NEC has a chairperson and four vice chairpersons.
The NEC adopted a resolution specifying the number and list of
constituencies and the number of legislators to be elected in each constituency
of provinces and cities, Phuc noted, adding that the selection of candidates
proceeded with caution and was in accordance with regulations.
At related consultative conferences, attention was paid to increasing
the number of female, young, non-Party, and ethnic minority candidates and
those with excellent professional backgrounds, he noted.
Held on March 19, the second consultative conference reached an
agreement on a preliminary list of candidates nominated for the upcoming
elections, which are scheduled to take place in May.
The number of candidates running for seats in the legislature now stands
at 1,084, which is 2.17 times higher than the number of deputies to be elected.
They include 205 candidates nominated by central agencies, 803 by local
organisations and units, and 76 who were self-nominated.
A third consultative conference will be held to provide a shortlist of
eligible candidates for the elections of deputies to the 15th NA and
all-level People’s Councils./.