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Detainees vote in Vietnam legislative election

Detainees vote in Vietnam legislative election

Sunday, May 23, 2021, 17:28 GMT+7
Detainees vote in Vietnam legislative election
Detainees in An Giang Province prepare to cast their vote to elect deputies to the 15th National Assembly and members to people’s councils at all levels, May 23, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Arrested citizens in Vietnam have been provided with favorable conditions to exercise the right to vote for deputies to the 15th National Assembly and members to people’s councils at all levels for the 2021-26 tenure.

At 9:30 am on Sunday, the detention center of the Department of Public Security in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang coordinated with the mobile election unit in My Hoa Ward, Long Xuyen City to help detainees cast their ballots.

The ballot box was brought to each cell for the citizens to exercise their right.

COVID-19 prevention and control measures were strictly taken during the election.

Statistics from the provincial election committee showed that An Giang has more than 1.6 million voters divided into 1,387 constituencies.

Detainees cast their votes at a detention center in An Giang Province, Vietnam, May 23, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Detainees cast their votes at a detention center in An Giang Province, Vietnam, May 23, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

A total of 662 voters in the province are being held in custody at local detention centers.

At the detention center of the Department of Public Security in central Quang Nam Province, 324 detainees were also given favorable conditions to cast their votes.

All voters were required to wear face masks, keep safe distance, and sanitize their hands during the voting process.

Quang Nam has 1,532 electoral units and over 1.1 million voters, according to Tran Thi Kim Hoa, director of the provincial Department of Home Affairs.

A detainee cast his vote at a detention center in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, May 23, 2021. Photo: C.H. / Tuoi Tre

A detainee casts his vote at a detention center in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, May 23, 2021. Photo: C.H. / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 69.2 million people in 53 provinces and cities have the right to cast their votes during this term’s election.

Voters select 500 deputies out of 866 candidates to the 15th National Assembly, as well as nearly 269,000 members out of more than 448,900 candidates to people's councils at all levels for the 2021-26 tenure.

All citizens who are at least 18 years old and meet all the conditions under the law on elections have the right to vote.

Detained citizens only have their right to vote removed when they are convicted and handed prison terms or the death penalty.

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