UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnamese people are showing stronger
interest in the National Assembly and issues related to the powerful agency, reflected by their high level of engagement in preparations for the
upcoming elections of deputies to the 15th NA and People’s Councils at all levels in
the 2021-2026 tenure, UNDP Resident Representative in
Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen has said.
More than 69 million voters are expected to cast their ballots at polling stations
across the country on May 23, she noted, lauding Vietnam’s efforts in ensuring
safety for the important event amid the fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Expressing her impression at the vibrant atmosphere across
the country ahead of the elections, the UNDP representative underlined that
involving in the elections is an important chance for people to practice their
rights to choose their representatives.
People's participation in politics is part
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which state that all people have equal
rights to engage in public issues, to cast their votes and to run for the elections,
Wiesen recalled President Ho Chi Minh’s statement in the first general election of
Vietnam in 1946, saying that all citizens from the age of 18 upwards have the rights to
run for the elections and cast their votes regardless their background, religions and
race. Seventy-five years later, those principles are still suitable and
important, she stressed.
The official cited a recent research by UNDP Vietnam on people-elected female deputies' contributions to Vietnam's development in the 2016-2021 period, showing
that both male and female deputies consider the interest of voters as the most
important factor impacting their viewpoints on a specific issue.
The research revealed that female deputies interact with
voters via social media more often than their male peers. In their action
plans, female deputies showed greater interest in the areas of
education-training and healthcare than male deputies, said Wiesen.
She said that the UNDP hopes to
strengthen cooperation with and support to Vietnam in building leadership
capacity for people-elected female deputies so that they can implement their tasks better after being elected./.