Elections offer opportunity for Vietnamese to raise voices over key matters: Australian expert

The elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and the People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure on May 23 is an opportunity for the Vietnamese people to express their voices over such important issues as the nation’s leadership and the strengthening of local governments’ apparatus, said Professor Carl Thayer, an expert from Australia’s New South Wales University.
Elections offer opportunity for Vietnamese to raise voices over key matters: Australian expert hinh anh 1Maritime police join an early election in Tho Chau island district (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- The elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and the People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure on May 23 is an opportunity for the Vietnamese people to express their voices over such important issues as the nation’s leadership and the strengthening of local governments’ apparatus, said Professor Carl Thayer, an expert from Australia’s New South Wales University.

In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Thayer said the Vietnamese legislature’s activities have undergone important changes during the country's process to build and strengthen its socialist rule-of-law state, especially since the adoption of the Constitution in 1992 (amended in 2001), the 2013 Constitution and the 2015 Law on Election.
Elections offer opportunity for Vietnamese to raise voices over key matters: Australian expert hinh anh 2Banners on the elections in Hanoi's Ha Dong district (Photo: VNA)

According to the expert, this year's elections saw more than 69 million constituents eligible to vote, and all of the candidates were thoroughly evaluated to ensure qualification. The list of qualified candidates also exhibits diversity in composition with a high proportion of women and ethnic minorities, at 45 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Evaluating the preparation for this important event, Thayer said that Vietnam has made extraordinary efforts in the context of COVID-19 outbreaks.

The National Election Council has adopted an official list of 866 qualified candidates, he noted, citing information from local press as saying that 84,767 election groups have been set up to run polling stations on the election day./.
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