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Election turnout rate exceeds 99.9% in many Vietnamese provinces

Election turnout rate exceeds 99.9% in many Vietnamese provinces

Monday, May 24, 2021, 12:30 GMT+7
Election turnout rate exceeds 99.9% in many Vietnamese provinces
Residents cast their ballots to elect deputies to the 15th National Assembly and members to people’s councils at all levels in Ho Chi Minh City, May 23, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Many provinces in Vietnam had turnout rates of more than 99.9 percent in the election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and members to people’s councils at all levels for the 2021-26 tenure.

As of 10:00 pm on Sunday, over 67.6 million out of 68.7 million voters had cast their ballots in the five-yearly polls, equivalent to 98.43 percent, the National Election Council quoted reports from 44 out of 63 provinces and cities in the country.

The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang has a turnout rate of 99.99 percent, which is the highest, followed by Tra Vinh and Lao Cai Provinces with 99.98 percent.

Other localities with very high rates include Ben Tre (99.97 percent), Ha Giang (99.96 percent), Gia Lai (99.95 percent), Quang Ninh (99.95 percent), Quang Nam (99.96 percent), Binh Phuoc (99.96 percent), Lam Dong (99.94 percent), Dien Bien (99.93 percent), Bac Lieu (99.91 percent), Da Nang (99.90 percent), and Thua Thien - Hue (99.90 percent).

Health workers at a quarantine area cast their votes on May 23, 2021. Photo: V.T.T. / Tuoi Tre

Health workers cast their votes in a quarantine area on May 23, 2021. Photo: V.T.T. / Tuoi Tre

Most election teams reported that the election had concluded at the promulgated time, which was 7:00 pm, while some ended the vote later at 9:00 pm.

The teams are promptly counting the votes in order to report the results to the National Election Council.

Strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures were taken at all polling stations, with voters required to wear face masks, have their body temperature measured, fill in health declarations, and keep a safe distance from one another.

All ballots and ballot boxes were thoroughly disinfected.

Members of local election teams also brought extra ballot boxes to help voters who were quarantined at home, medical facilities, and quarantine centers exercise their rights.

A woman cast her ballot at a quarantine facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, May 23, 2021. Photo: Duc Tai / Tuoi Tre

A woman casts her ballot at a quarantine facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, May 23, 2021. Photo: Duc Tai / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 69.2 million people in 63 provinces and cities have the right to cast their votes during this term’s one-day election, according to statistics from the Vietnam News Agency.

Although the official election day was scheduled to begin at 7:00 am on Sunday, early voting had been permitted in a number of constituencies in a total of 16 cities and provinces.

A total of 866 candidates, including 203 from central agencies and 663 from localities, run for 500 seats in the 15th National Assembly.

Voters also select 3,726 delegates out of 6,199 candidates to people's councils at provincial level, 22,952 delegates out of 37,468 candidates to people's councils at district level, and 242,312 members out of 405,244 candidates to people's councils at commune and ward level.

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