Vietnam Lawyer – Turnout nearly 100% in general elections

Localities across the country have reported great turnout in elections for new members of 13th tenure’s National Assembly and local People’s Councils on Sunday.

Elections Council preliminary statistics showed four northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh and Lang Son led the country with a voter turnout of 99.99 per cent.

Other provinces, including Lao Cai, Hau Giang, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Dak Nong, also reported a high proportion, up to 99.98 per cent.

Many among the 58 cities and provinces that finished counting the numbers of voters exceed 99 per cent turnout.

Social security and order were maintained in all localities during the voting day, the council said.

National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong hailed the elections as “successful”.

She also said the votes were being counted “in an order as regulated by law” and “very carefully with the highest responsibility”.

“The results will be pronounced to the public as soon as counting is completed,” Phong said.

The Assembly will convene its first session 60 days after the election. This year, it will be the middle of July.

HCM City polls

As many as 99.81 per cent of voters in HCM City turned out to voted, according to preliminary estimates by the city’s election commission shortly after all the 2,673 polling stations in the city closed at 7pm.

Cu Chi District reported a 100 per cent turnout, the only district in the city to achieve the distinction.

In total, almost 4.8 million city residents cast their votes, with female voters accounting for more than half this number. About 16,000 voters were not permanent residents of the city.

The election in the city was successful, democratic, safe and law-abiding and held in a “jubilant and exciting atmosphere,” remarked Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the city’s People’s Council and Election Commission.

Thao attributed the success of this election to people’s involvement, good preparation and organisation, and the maintenance of order and security.

The national elections were the largest-ever so far with more than 62 million voters casting their ballots to elect 500 NA deputies and over 300,000 People’s Council members at all levels at 90,438 polling stations.

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