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Voters cast ballots nationwide

by VTV422 May 2016 Last updated at 07:19 AM

VTV.vn - Elections for the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels have been underway for the last hour. Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng was the first voter to cast his ballot at 7am local time in Hanoi's election area.

More than 69 million people are expected to vote at over 90,000 polling places. Voters will select 500 delegates from the 870 final candidates for seats in the 14th National Assembly, where they will serve from 2016 to 2021. 

According to the National Election Council, all 870 candidates are eligible for election and have campaigned transparently.

Meanwhile, the elected People's Councils will be responsible for passing resolutions and acting on behalf of the constitution at the local level.

Receiving permission from the National Election Council, some election areas conducted the voting process on Saturday, one day ahead of schedule.

Over 5,000 voters in several mountainous districts in Bình Định and Kontum Province cast their ballots on Saturday, as well as 1,500 voters in the Bach Long Vy Island district of Haiphong city, and residents in Hon Khoai and Hon Chuoi islands in the southernmost province of Cà Mau.

Soldiers at some border guard stations in Dak Nong, Dak Lak, and Soc Trang provinces conducted their right to vote. Early voting helps them focus on their election day tasks..

Election is an important political event because it demonstrates the  power of citizens to choose representatives to lead their country or their locality. Preparations for this big event began months ago.

Nguyen Thien Nhan, President of the Fatherland Front and Vice Chairman of the National Electoral Council said, “All tasks have been completed on time and in accordance with the Law on Election for the National Assembly and People’s Councils’ deputies and the electoral plan approved by the National Electoral Council. Our 9 main tasks have been completed and preparations are under review. Once again I confirm that we are ready for Election Day on May 22”. 

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