An online training session on the examination and monitoring of the elections of deputies to the 15th-tenure National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure (Photo: VNA)
- Committees of the Vietnam
Fatherland Front (VFF) at all levels are promptly making preparations for the
second consultative conferences on the nomination of candidates for the upcoming
general elections, following the first ones in February.
The elections of deputies to the 15th-tenure
National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure are
scheduled to take place on May 23, which falls on Sunday.
This is an important political event aimed at
selecting outstanding and deserving deputies who represent the people’s will,
aspirations, and right to mastery in the NA and all-level People’s Councils in
the new tenure, which is expected to help build, consolidate, and perfect a
law-governed socialist State of the people, by the people, and for the people
under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
consultative conferences: Democratic, in line with law
The first consultative conferences were held in
all 63 cities and provinces nationwide from February 3 to 17.
They showed true democracy, as seen through the
contribution of opinions to the NA Standing Committee and People’s Council
Standing Boards’ draft plans on candidacy structure, along with the criteria
for deputies at the NA and People’s Councils.
The VFF Central Committee said the first
conferences agreed that 1,076 candidates will be nominated for the NA election,
equivalent to 2.15 times the number of deputies planned to be elected. The
difference between the numbers of candidates and deputies elected was 2.04
times in the 14th NA election and 2.2 times in the election to the 13th legislature.
Meanwhile, the number of candidates to run for seats in all-level People’s Councils in the new tenure will be 7,656; 2.06
times higher than the 3,715 deputies to be chosen. This difference was 1.66
times and 2.02 times in the 2016 and 2011 elections, respectively.
Among the 7,656 candidates to be nominated for
all-level People’s Councils, there are 1,690 women (22.1 percent of the total),
748 ethnic minority people (9.8 percent), and 555 who are not Party members
Increasing examination, monitoring to
promote quality of second consultative conferences
A view of the online training session on the examination and monitoring of the general elections (Photo: VNA)
On the basis of the first consultative
conferences’ outcomes, preparations for the second conferences are being
promptly made by VFF committees at all levels, so as to ensure that upcoming
events will take place in a democratic and quality manner and be in line with the
Hau A Lenh, member of the Party Central
Committee, Vice President and Secretary-General of the VFF Central Committee,
and deputy head of the VFF Central Committee’s steering board for election
affairs, said that to gear up for the second conferences, the VFF has provided
instructions to central agencies and localities on the nomination of their
candidates, the organisation of voters’ meetings to look into candidates’
dossiers, and the selection of eligible and outstanding persons for candidacy.
To choose moral and talented persons, the NA Standing Committee issued a new
regulation stating that a deputy of the NA or People’s Councils must receive
support from more than 50 percent of voters in their residential area.
Vice President of the VFF Central Committee Ngo Sach Thuc said voter confidence
is an important measurement of the eligibility of NA and People’s Council
Given this, the recent joint resolution of the
NA Standing Committee, the VFF Central Committee’s Presidium, and the
Government paid great attention to candidates’ creditability. Those with a low
level of creditability in their residential areas or workplace will not be
included on the lists of candidates, he said.
The reception and consideration of candidates’
dossiers are scheduled to conclude at 5pm on March 14, and the second
consultative conferences will take place five days later, on March 19.
The VFF is now stepping up monitoring and
examination to gain a good grasp of the implementation of election affairs in
localities, thereby identifying any difficulties or violations of election
regulations or electoral rules and taking timely measures to ensure that
elections are truly democratic and accord with the law./.