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.
First 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 seats in the NA, 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 for membership of 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 % of the total), 748 ethnic minority people (9.8 %), and 555 who are not Party members (7.2 %).
Increasing examination, monitoring to promote quality of second consultative conferences
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 law.
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 % 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 deputies.
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.