Hầu A Lềnh, Vice Chairman cum Secretary-General of the Việt Nam Fatherland Front, talks to Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about the lengthy process for selecting candidates to stand in the upcoming National Assembly elections
What should voters do to evaluate the quality of candidates f or a seat in the National Assembly?
It is not easy to know whether a candidate for a National Assembly seat is a good person or not. That’s why meetings between the candidates and the voters will help voters know who should they cast their vote for.
According to Vietnamese law, each candidate will be allowed to meet with the voters in the constituency they are standing in for election. Such meetings are slated to take place in April following the last consultative meeting before the election is held.
The State pledges to create favourable conditions for candidates to meet with their voters.
How many candidates will stand for this National Assembly election?
The exact number of people who will stand in the NA election this year will only be available following the second consultative meeting which is scheduled to take place on March 19.
Can you explain the rule that each candidate standing for election has to declare their personal assets?
Of course, in their curriculum vitae, each candidate has to fill in quite a lot of personal information, including their assets. Of course, the candidates have to take responsibility for what they have written in their curriculum vitae. The committee for the National Assembly election has already written detailed requirements on what they have to declare in their curriculum vitae.
Do you know who will stand in the upcoming National Assembly election?
Right now we are only at the stage of introducing possible candidates to stand for election. A list of candidates will be made public in the next second consultative meeting. Following that meeting, the National Assembly Council will establish election units in each constituency. Following that, the candidates will meet with voters in their constituencies and present them with their action plans if they are elected to the National Assembly. VNS