Foreign media highlights Vietnam’s general election

Sunday, 2016-05-22 22:04:43
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Voters in Ho Chi Minh City cast the ballots for NA and People's Councils deputies.
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2016-2021 tenure has caught the interest of foreign news agencies.

Cuba's news agency Prensa Latina highlighted Vietnamese voters’ enthusiasm when they took to the polls on the morning of May 22, as well as covering the country’s thorough preparations for the event.

Vietnamese Party and State leaders were the first voters performing their citizens right on the day, it noted.

Meanwhile, UK-based news agency Reuters also reported that some 69 million Vietnamese were registered to vote to choose representatives for the 500-seat National Assembly.

It quoted Nguyen Hanh Phuc, NA Secretary General and Chief of the National Election Council’s Office, saying that all 870 candidates, including those who are not Party members and had nominated themselves to run as independents, are treated equally.

Vietnamese citizens’ self-nomination reflects increasing concern of Vietnamese people over the nation’s political life, Reuters said.

Many other big press outlets of the US, Australia, China, Thailand, such as AP, ABC News, Xinhua, and the Nation, also ran articles highlighting Vietnam’s important political event.

Voting started from 7 am on May 22 at all 91,476 polling stations across Vietnam. Up to 69 million voters were due to cast ballots to elect deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2016-2021 tenure.

The new NA will comprise 500 deputies. Provincial People’s Councils across Vietnam will have 3,918 deputies. Meanwhile, 24,993 and 294,055 candidates will be elected as council members at the district and communal levels, respectively.


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