Regulations on vote count for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam

What are the regulations on vote count for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam? - Thanh Van (Vinh Long, Vietnam)

Regulations on vote count for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam (Internet image)

1. Regulations on vote count for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam

Article 73 of the Law on election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s councils 2015 provides for the counting of votes as follows:

The counting of votes must be conducted in the polling booth immediately after the voting is over.

Before opening the ballot box, the Election Team must count, write a report on and seal the unused ballots and invite two electors who are not candidates to witness the vote count.

The candidates, the representatives of the agencies, organizations and units that nominate the candidates or the authorized persons shall be entitled to witness the vote count and make complaints about it. Reporters of the press shall be allowed to witness the vote count.

2. Invalid votes for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam

In Article 74 of the Law on election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s councils 2015, invalid votes are specified as follows:

- The following votes shall be invalid:

+ Votes made on ballots which are not in the prescribed form distributed by the Election Team;

+ Votes made on ballots which do not bear the seal of the Election Team;

+ Votes which elect more candidates than the designated number of deputies to be elected in the constituency;

+ Votes which cross out all the names of candidates;

+ Votes which elect persons outside the list of candidates or add other contents.

- If a vote is in doubt about its validity, the head of the Election team shall show it so that the whole Team can settle. The Election Team is not allowed to cross out or amend the names on the votes.

3. Complaints or denunciations of counting for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam

Article 75 of the Law on election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s councils 2015 provides for complaints and denunciations about vote counting as follows:

On-the-spot complaints about violations against regulations of law on the vote count shall be received and settled by the Election Team which shall state the ways of settlement in its report.

If the Election Team fails to settle a complaint, it shall clearly state its opinion in the report on the complaint settlement and refer it to the Election Board.

4.  Reports on the vote counting result for National Assembly deputies and People's Councils in Vietnam

In Article 76 of the Law on election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s councils 2015, the reports on the vote counting resultare as follows:

- After counting the votes, the Election Team shall make following reports:

+ Reports on the vote counting result of election of National Assembly deputies at the polling stations;

+ Reports on the vote counting result of election of People’s Council deputies of provinces at the polling stations;

+ Reports on the vote counting result of election of People’s Council deputies of districts at the polling stations;

+ Reports on the vote counting result of election of People’s Council deputies of communes at the polling stations.

- Each report must clearly state:

+ The total number of electors of the polling station;

+ The number of electors who have cast their votes;

+ The number of distributed votes;

+ The number of collected votes;

+ The number of valid votes;

+ The number of invalid votes;

+ The number of votes for each candidate;

+ The complaints or denunciations received; the complaints or denunciations already settled and settlement results, complaints or denunciations referred to the Election Board.

- Each report prescribed in Clause 1 of Article 76 of the Law on election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s councils 2015 shall be made in three copies, each affixed with the signatures of the Head and the Secretary of the Election Team and two electors who have been invited to witness the vote count. Not later than three days after the polling day, the report shall be sent to the Election Board and the People’s Committee, the Standing Board of the Fatherland Front Committee of the commune.

Ngoc Nhi

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