The XIIIth National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on June 27 held an extraordinary meeting with heads of provincial-level NA deputy delegations to discuss several issues related to the 2015 Penal Code, set to come into force on July 1.
|Over 80 percent of the XIIIth NA deputies had pressed the “yes” button to pass the 2015 Penal Code__Photo: VNA|
After the meeting, ballots for delay of the implementation of the new Code until January 1 next year have been sent to every deputy of the XIIIth National Assembly for voting, the VnEconomy newswire reported.
During that time, the current Penal Code will remain in effect.
The offices of NA deputy delegations are required to urge their staff members to cast the ballots into the ballot box at the NA House in Hanoi before 3 p.m. of June 29.
By 3 p.m. of June 27, a number of deputies said they had written their opinions in the votes which would be carried by their representatives to Hanoi for casting as soon as possible.
“Each deputy who pressed the button to pass the Code bears the responsibility to fix the errors in the Code. If we don’t, the people and enterprises will be seriously affected,” said a NA deputy at the meeting.
Over 80 percent of the XIIIth NA deputies had pressed the “yes” button to pass the 2015 Penal Code, and now the correction of its critical errors rests with the XIVth NA deputies.
Soon after the Code was promulgated, a considerable number of errors and impractical provisions have been detected, including those in Article 292 criminalizing the unlicensed provision of services on the Internet or through mobile networks, which causes some anxiety in the startup community in Vietnam.- (VLLF)