It is not necessary to form the National Election Council as a regular institution, Phung Quoc Hien, Chairman of the National Assembly (NA)’s Finance and Budget Committee, said while NA Standing Committee members debated the draft law on election of National Assembly deputies and People’s Council deputies at the Committee’s 35th session on February 25 in Hanoi.
Hien explained the existence of such Council in the whole five-year term of the NA only to serve occasional additional elections was inconformable with administrative reform requirements.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung at the 35th session of NA Standing Committee__Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA
Sharing Hien’s view, Chairman of the NA’s Council of Ethnic Affairs Ksor Phuoc said the regular existence of such institution was a waste of human resources. He proposed review of powers of the National Election Council in order to avoid overlap with the rights of the NA and NA Standing Committee as provided in the Law on Organization of the National Assembly.
Chairwoman of the NA’s Social Affairs Committee Truong Thi Mai said the draft law failed to clarify the responsibility to organize election of People’s Council deputies. She suggested assigning this responsibility to provincial-level Election Commissions, instead of the Government, under the direction of the National Election Council.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung agreed with the option that the National Election Council should be formed only after the election date is announced and would complete its duties after the NA determined the capacity of NA deputies.
During the three-day sitting, lawmakers would also spend time discussing the draft law on marine and island resources and environment, and the revised draft law on the state budget. First-ever draft laws concerning referenda, organization of criminal investigation agencies and custody and temporary detention would also be debated during this session.
The Committee would also give comments on construction of Long Thanh international airport, a plan to elaborate legal documents guiding the implementation of the Law on Organization of the Government, and a plan to allocate government bonds during 2011-15.-