The Hanoitimes – The National Assembly is the highest organ of state power meeting twice a year.
Vietnam’s National Assembly will comprise 500 lawmakers for the next term with the highest number coming from Ho Chi Minh City.
|Lawmakers at a National Assembly’s meeting. Photo: Nhat Bac/VGP|
Under Resolution 1185/NQ-UBTVQH14 by the National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee dated January 11, 2021, the number of lawmakers for the NA’s 15th tenure includes 41.4% from central bodies and 58.6% from 63 cities and provinces nationwide.
Compared to the previous tenure, the number of deputies from central bodies is higher while that in the localities is fewer.
Each locality has at least six deputies to represent the local administration at the highest legislative body. The election is scheduled for May 23, 2021.
Ho Chi Minh City takes the lead in the number of lawmakers with 30, Hanoi ranks the second with 29, followed by Thanh Hoa with 14 and Nghe An 13.
Half of the candidates in each locality are nominated by the local government and the remaining by the central agencies.
As planned, after the first consultation meeting in February, central bodies and localities nominate candidates based on the given quota. The NA’s Standing Committee will decide the lawmaker structure for the 15th tenure.
The Constitution of Vietnam recognizes the National Assembly as “the highest organ of state power.”
The body is elected to a five-year term and meets twice a year. It votes for State President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court, Head of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, and the cabinet’s members.