The General Election for representatives to the People's Congress in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was held earlier this month on Sunday, 6th of April.
The General Election for representatives to the People's Congress in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was held earlier this month on Sunday, 6th of April. It was the fifth election in the Republic's history, and 425 members had to be elected from the 529 candidates for the 85 constituencies.
Among the leading political figures who cast their votes during the day, were the President of the Republic, Ion Duc Thang, the Prime Minister, Pham van Dong, and the First Secretary of the Vietnam workers' Party, Le Duan. Mr. Le Duan was in fact one of the first to vote at a polling station in Hanoi, and when the arrived he was immediately surrounded by a crowd of people congratulating him on the victories in South Vietnam.
Of the 529 candidates standing for election, 130 represented workers groups, 130 farmers, 100 the country's intellectual's interests, 198 women's organisations, 180 youth groups and 90 representing ethnic minorities.
During the day, many decorated floats mounted on lorries and carts, paraded through the streets of Hanoi, encouraging people to vote. The polling stations were open from seven O'clock in the morning to seven o'clock in the evening.
Another early voter was the Prime Minister, Mr. Pham van Dong, who was himself standing as a candidate for the Hai Ba Trung district of Hanoi.
Because of the Communist victories in the south of the country, the number of people voting in the election was expected to be higher than in the previous election, four years ago.