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Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

By Ngoc Thanh, Giang Huy, Quynh Tran, Nguyen Dong   May 20, 2021 | 06:00 am PT
In the nation’s first ever parliamentary election held amidst an ongoing pandemic, Vietnam will select new legislators for all administrative levels this Sunday.
Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

In Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District, voters wear masks and maintain social distancing during a rehearsal for the election to be held May 23 to choose new members for the legislative National Assembly and for the People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 term.

The election this year is like no other as it takes place at a time when Vietnam is tackling its fourth Covid-19 wave, requiring the entire voting process to follow pandemic prevention protocols.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

Every voting booth will be equipped with a hand sanitizer bottle.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A health worker disinfects a polling station in Hanoi, May 20.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

An election banner is placed above another one that cautions people to not enter the park to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Hanoi has banned gatherings of more than 10 people in public places, even for exercising and other sporting activities. It has asked residents not to go out unnecessarily and cooperate in stopping community transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A police patrol pickup drives past an election banner that says: "Voting directly contributes to building a rules based state of the people, by the people, for the people."

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A billboard in Hanoi depicts Vietnamese people from all walks of life coming together to cast their votes on Election Day, which is described as "A day for all."

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A man sets up a standee of Covid protocol reminders next to a board listing candidates at a polling station in Hanoi.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A man hands over candidates' CVs to a family in Hanoi.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

In HCMC’s Thu Duc City, the list of candidates are displayed at an apartment building.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

Banners at HCMC’s iconic Ben Thanh Market, which has been much less crowded since Covid-19 restrictions kept foreign visitors away.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

Billboards on a HCMC street call on people to vote in the upcoming parliamentary polls.

There are 866 candidates nationwide, including nine who nominated themselves, and 500 will be elected to the 15th National Assembly.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

In Da Nang, election banners have been erected on major streets, including those near the central city's iconic Dragon Bridge.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A building in Da Nang is decorated with the national flags for the big day.

Vietnamese citizens to choose new lawmakers in unique election

A tent has been set up at an election point in Da Nang to separate voters showing signs of Covid symptoms.

Ballot boxes will also be sent to quarantine zones and field hospitals to make sure all citizens from 18 years old and in their stable conditions can cast their votes.

 
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