Ready for “All-citizen festival”

These days, the center of the province, Lao Cai city, is splendidly decorated with many brilliant colors. On the streets, parks, traffic intersections, squares, state offices, everywhere you can see the crimson color of hammer and sickle flags, national flags, banana flags fluttering.

Hoang Lien Street, Tran Hung Dao Boulevard, Nguyen Hue Street, Coc Le Bridge, Kim Tan Bridge... are all brightly colored. Streets are always kept clean, and trees, lawns, and urban flowers are well-kept and neatly trimmed. Billboards, banners, and panels with campaign slogans for the election day are arranged everywhere on the streets, giving every passerby the same sense of exhilaration, excitement, and eager anticipation for the election day on May 23.

Rush for preparation

Pho Moi Bridge (Lao Cai city) is full of flags and flowers.

Together with the Provincial Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Department of Home Affairs - the standing agency of the Provincial Election Commission in recent weeks has always been busy and rush with election preparations. Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu, Head of the Department of Government Construction and Youth Affairs said: The closer to the election day, the more work I do. I often leave work with my colleagues after 8 pm, sometimes we have to take advantage of dinner into the night. It's been a long time since the brothers in the room did not have a perfect weekend.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu told reporters about the province's election preparations: "From the beginning of January 2021, the Provincial Party Committee issued a Decision to establish a Provincial Election Steering Committee led by the Provincial Secretary to act as the head of the committee; A steering committee is also established at the district and commune levels at the same time." The Provincial People's Committee then issued the Decision to establish Election Committees for National Assembly deputies and People's Council deputies at all levels in Lao Cai province, term 2021-2026, before the People's Committees of districts and provinces in mid-January 2021. At the same level, the commune established an election committee. The formation of the steering committee, election committee, and sub-committees and working groups serves as the foundation for carrying out important steps in electoral work such as establishing constituencies, determining the number of National Assembly deputies, electing Deputies of People's Councils at all levels in each unit, and establishing election committees and election teams...

Voters and officials of Son Hai commune (Bao Thang) check the list of voters.

Following that, consultations will be held to create a list of candidates for the National Assembly and People's Councils at all levels in Lao Cai province, as well as conferences to collect comments and trust and resolve disagreements. The electorate's recommendation (if any) of the candidate's place of residence. The compilation and posting of voter lists are strictly regulated at the headquarters of 152 communes, wards, and townships, as well as at 1,138 voting stations throughout the province. The closer to election day, the more intense the information, propaganda, and campaigning activities are through various forms and channels, under the direct supervision of the Propaganda Sub-committee...

Pushing checking

In parallel with the preparation work, the Steering Committee, the Provincial Election Committee attach great importance to the inspection work with the main content being election information and propaganda; the making and posting of the list of voters and arrangement of voting stations; the making and announcement of the official list of candidates for People's Council deputies at all levels according to each voting station; ensuring political security, social order and safety and health; the settlement of complaints, denunciations, petitions and reflections of citizens on the election work and candidates for People's Council deputies at all level...

In particular, the Provincial Election Commission has set up two inspection teams led by the Vice Chairman of the Provincial Election Commission to inspect districts, towns and cities. At the end of April, Mr. Dang Xuan Phong, member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council, Head of the Provincial Election Steering Committee and the provincial delegation checked the standard work serving the election at Regiment 254 (Provincial Military Command), Phong Hai Farm town and Bao Thang district. Next, Mr. Trinh Xuan Truong, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, Chairman of the Provincial Election Commission inspected the election work in Quang Kim commune and Bat Xat district...

Targeting the festival

The atmosphere of the "All-citizen festival" - May 23 - is "warmed up" with many different emotions when the Covid-19 pandemic has complicated developments. During the new wave of pandemic, although no positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 were detected, Lao Cai still issued many documents directing the strict implementation of regulations and solutions for disease prevention and control. Including Directive No. 05 of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, Directive No. 10 of the Provincial People's Committee; The Provincial Election Committee also issued Plan No. 99 on ensuring health care for the election of deputies to the XV National Assembly and People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 term. Accordingly, the Provincial Election Commission has set out hypothetical situations and have specific plans and instructions for solving them, close to reality.

All over the province, flags and flowers are jubilantly welcoming the "All-citizen festival" on May 23.

Meanwhile, all levels, professional branches, localities, and the entire political system have been extremely proactive in implementing prevention and control plans for the Covid-19 pandemic. All voters must sign a medical declaration and provide samples for testing SARS-Cov-2 (rapid test method) for all members of provincial electoral organizations. The province also established quick response teams, mobile emergency teams with full facilities, supplies, and chemicals ready to perform their tasks and available to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Arrange for at least two medical personnel at polling stations; establish a mobile medical team to support fixed medical groups with adequate drugs, supplies, medical equipment and supplies, costumes for pandemic prevention and control, and so on during the election period.

With serious, thorough and strict preparation, ensuring on schedule, up to now, the service of "All-citizen festival" on May 23 has been basically completed, so that the people of Lao Cai ethnic groups confident of a fully successful election.

According to Cao Cuong/LCDT

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