National Election Council holds unusual session

HÀ NỘI – The National Election Council (NEC) convened its eighth session, an unwonted one, in Hà Nội yesterday, headed by National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân, head of the council. The council carefully considered and voted on the eligibility of 494 deputies of the 14th National Assembly.

It also voted to disapprove the election of Nguyễn Thị Nguyệt Hường, a deputy of the 13th National Assembly. The voting results showed that all council members agreed to verify the eligibility of the 494 deputies of the 14th National Assembly, and reject the eligibility of Hường as she was not qualified for the post and had personally submitted a request to demit office.

At its seventh session, or its last plenary meeting, on July 15, the council conducted a ballot to verify the eligibility of elected deputy Trịnh Xuân Thanh, vice-chairman of the people’s committee of Hậu Giang Province in the 2011-2016 period. All council members at the meeting unanimously voted not to recognise Thanh’s NA deputy status over certain violations committed by him.

In the general election held on May 22, 496 deputies were elected to the new legislature. According to the Law on Election of National Assembly Deputies and People’s Council Members, the NEC verifies the eligibility of all newly elected deputies and grants certificates, recognising their status as deputies of the 14th NA. – VNS