National election captures international media coverage

VOV.VN - The election taking place on May 23 to select the best representatives to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021 to 2026 tenure has received plenty of attention from foreign media outlets.

British news agency Reuters reported that tens of millions of Vietnamese  citizens donning face masks headed to the polls for the national event, noting that the elections are taking place amid the country battling a new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which is rapidly spreading.

They also quote NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue as saying that organisers have taken measures aimed at ensuring the elections take place in a safe environment.

Elsewhere, the Bernama news agency of Malaysia published an article titled “Vietnam’s military force ready to ensure safety for election day”.

It features quotes from Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang ordering military units to ramp up measures as a means of gaining a clear insight into the current situation. In addition, efforts should be taken to conduct regular information exchanges while also monitoring the country’s airspace, sea, islands, border, and cyberspace.

The Minister has also ordered personnel and facilities to be ready for any situation and to prepare additional plans to guarantee security and safety for the elections. He also requested that units boost their internal and external co-operation to ensure political security, social order, and absolute safety for the elections, according to Bernama.

As part of the national elections, approximately 69.2 million voters across the country will select 500 deputies to the 15th NA, and nearly 4,000 to provincial-level. This is in addition to almost 23,000 to district-level positions and over 240,000 to communal-level People’s Councils.