PM orders fair and safe elections

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested that democracy, fairness and safety be ensured in the upcoming elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels in the 2021-2026 tenure.

Phuc asked the Information and Communications Ministry (MIC) to work with other agencies to direct news agencies to explain the significance of the elections, the right to vote and to stand as a candidate of citizens to officials, public servants, armed forces and people from all walks of life.

He said the Planning and Investment Ministry should instruct the General Statistics Office to guide its provincial and municipal chapters to provide population data until Dec 31,2020, to serve as a foundation to count the number of NA and People’s Council deputies in each administrative unit.

Phuc also directed the Transport Ministry and the MIC to work on plans to ensure smooth transport and information during the preparation and organisation of the general elections, especially before and on election day on May 23.

He said the Defence Ministry and Public Security Ministry should have plans to deploy personnel to ensure political security and social safety and order and stay ready to respond to natural disasters.

He said the Finance Ministry has to allocate funding for centrally-run agencies and localities to carry out election work.

Phuc also required the health ministry to continue keeping a close watch on the Covid-19 pandemic developments.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry should work with agencies to prepare for possible disasters, he said, adding that the Government Inspectorate has to guide asset declaration for candidates and promptly solve denunciations and complaints of citizens.

Phuc also asked Home Affairs Ministry to be responsible to ensure the progress of the general elections. — Vietnam News/ANN

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