Vietnam holds parliamentary elections amid new COVID-19 outbreak
Tens of millions of Vietnamese wearing masks were expected to vote on Sunday to select a largely stamped-out legislature amid a rapidly spreading COVID-19 epidemic in the country.
Fewer independent candidates than before are running for election to the 500-seat National Assembly, which is held every five years and usually after the ruling Communist Party has held its congress to select a new leadership.
Nearly 69.2 million registered voters are expected to select from 866 candidates for parliament. They will also vote for members of people’s councils at the provincial and district levels.
“I hope that all voters, knowing their role as owners of the country, will join the vote to select the most trustworthy candidates and the most worthy of representing their voice,” said the President of the Assembly. Vuong Dinh Hue National Assembly before the elections.
Among the candidates for the National Assembly, 92% are party members and 8% are independent.
The number of independent candidates this year has fallen to 74 from 97 in the previous 2016 election, while local media claim that the number of legislators who were not party members halved over the years. last three elections.
Official data shows that 99% of the 67.5 million registered voters in Vietnam participated in the 2016 elections. The ballot is anonymous, but the name, age, occupation, ethnicity, and Each elector’s address is displayed outside the polling stations.
The election is taking place as the Southeast Asian country battles a new outbreak of COVID-19 that is spreading rapidly, infecting around 2,000 people since it emerged in late April.
According to state media, voters in some remote areas and a centralized quarantine center in Bac Ninh province voted early on Saturday. The province is part of the epicenter of the new epidemic.
Organizers wearing hazmat suits were seen spraying disinfectant on a ballot box, which was then brought to every voter in the quarantine center for voting, a video clip showed on VTC News.
“This is the first time that we have held an election amid the most dangerous coronavirus outbreak which has spread to almost half the number of provinces, with many of them under lockdown,” said Hue.
Hue said election organizers took steps to ensure the election was held safely.
Election results are usually announced after about two weeks.
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