Addressing the briefing, General Secretary of the Central Election Council, Pham Minh Tuyen, highlighted the great success of the elections for deputies to the 13th NA and People’s Councils for the 2011-2016 term.
The elections were held in a democratic, fair, lawful and safe manner and were considered a national festival for everyone. Nearly 62 million voters went to the polls, a 99.51 percent national voter turnout, Tuyen said.
Party Secretary General and NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong won 85.63 percent of the votes; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (95.38 percent); permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Truong Tan Sang (80.19 percent), Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung (92.93 percent), Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Nguyen Xuan Phuc (94.59 percent); General and Minister of National Defense Phung Quang Thanh (89.84 percent) and General and Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh (88.10 percent).
Of the 500 deputies elected to the NA, 78 are from an ethnic minority (accounting for 15.6 percent), 42 are non-Party members (8.4 percent), 62 are under 40 years old (12.4 percent), 167 were re-elected (33.4 percent) and 4 were self-nominated (0.8 percent).
15 of the 182 candidates proposed by central agencies were not elected this time.
The four provinces with the highest number of voters casting their ballots were Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh and Lang Son while Bac Ninh had the lowest figure.
In reply to Vietnamese and international reporters about the election results, Mr Tuyen said that the full election of 500 NA deputies out of 872 candidates indicated that voters made the right decision and elected the most qualified and deserving deputies to the powerful legislative body.
The number of self-nominated candidates was four times higher than the previous term which shows that the citizen’s sense of responsibility for national affairs has been raised, and the 99 percent voter turnout indicates the people’s great patriotism and revolutionary spirit have been enhanced along with their rights and responsibilities.