General elections manifest democracy of socialist regime in Viet Nam: Lao diplomat

Update: 11:00 | 22/05/2021
The elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and People’s Councils at all levels in 2021-2026 tenure in Viet Nam demonstrate the democracy of the socialist regime in Viet Nam and of a State of the people, by the people and for the people, Lao Ambassador in Viet Nam Sengphet Houngboungnuang has said.
General elections manifest democracy of socialist regime in Viet Nam: Lao diplomat
Lao Ambassador in Viet Nam Sengphet Houngboungnuang. (Photo: VNA)

The elections are a great festival of extensive democracy in Viet Nam, during which people directly choose their representatives in bodies of power at both the local level and the highest level of the country, the diplomat said in an interview granted to the press ahead of the general elections slated for May 23.

He stressed that the active engagement of all officials, Party members and people from all walks of life in preparing for and taking part in the elections to exercise their civil right has ensured that the elections will take place in a democratic and fair manner in accordance with the law, becoming a real festival of all people.

Commenting on the election organisation method of Viet Nam, the Ambassador said that each election in Viet Nam is a historical event and a chance for the people to fully exercise their democratic rights in line with the Constitution of Viet Nam in each period.

He remarked that elections in Viet Nam share many similarities with those in Laos, such as the main foundation of elections being the system of laws and institutions on the election, and the comprehensive preparation process.

Both Viet Nam and Laos have many different ethnic groups, so there are specific regulations on the ratios of candidates based on ethnic groups, gender and age, which ensures balance and fairness for all citizens, Ambassador Sengphet Houngboungnuang said, noting that both countries stipulate a 35 percent ratio of women among candidates and aim for a 30-percent proportion of women among those winning the election.

Noting that the elections in Viet Nam are taking place amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ambassador said that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV), the Government, NA and People’s Councils at all levels have shown flexibility in preparations.

He expressed a hope that deputies of the 15th NA of Viet Nam will be those who have good capacity, knowledge and experience in supervision, an inspection of law enforcement, and law-making, thus contributing to national construction towards the goal of rich people, strong nation, equal, democratic and civilized society, completing strategic targets for 2030, turning Viet Nam into a upper-middle-income country in 2045 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the CPV, and a developed country with high income by the 100th founding anniversary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

The ambassador wished the elections on May 23 a great success.

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(Source: VNA)