Election day today


The 86 million people of Vietnam vote today for their 500 representatives to the 13th National Assembly and 300,000 members of Local People’s Councils. Voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time across 91,000 electoral units nationwide.

There are 827 candidates for the National Assembly, all of whom have been vetted by the Fatherland Front, the only legal party in Vietnam. Of these, 34% are women candidates.

In recent times the National Assembly has been trying to assert itself in this Communist state, although most observers say that little is likely to change with the new parliament.

The National Assembly must meet within 60 days of the election and the People’s Councils within 30 – 45 days.

Voting is compulsory in Vietnam.

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