Nguyen Van Pha, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam Fatherland Central Committee Standing Committee, spoke to newspaper Thoi bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) about businessmen winning elections.
How do you respond to the results of the first consultative conference to decide the composition and candidates from central government offices to stand for the up-coming National Assembly Election by the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee in May?
The National Assembly Standing Committee has initially intended to allocate 198 deputies from central government offices in the composition of the up-coming 14th National Assembly Legislature. This number accounts for 39.6 percent of the total number of the NA deputies nationwide.
Coming up with the number of deputies allocated to each province or electoral council, the NA Standing Committee has organised meetings with many ministries and sectors, including the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Armed Forces, the Ministry of Justice and others.
The Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee was asked to introduce candidates for 10 provinces and cities and six religious sects for the NA Standing Committee to consider.
Results of the first consultative conference organised by the Standing Committee of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front was a reflection of a democratic atmosphere in selecting the best candidates to stand for elections.
What's your point of view on the proposal raised by the Viet Nam Fatherland Front CC and provinces to increase candidates from business and other economic sectors?
I can't agree more. Entrepreneurs play a very important role in the national process of deep international integration. The NA Standing Committee has worked out a plan to allocate seven candidates to enterprise and business associations.
My suggestion is we should encourage entrepreneurs, including those who aren't party members, to stand for the National Assembly and the People's Councils at all echelons. I'm pretty confident that if the candidates are of high quality they are likely to win elections.
How do you respond to the idea that we should increase the number of full-time deputies while reducing the number deputies from government administrative and judiciary agencies?
I support the idea of increasing the number of full-time deputies while cutting down those from the government administrative and judiciary agencies. To my understanding, the idea has already been on the table of the NA Standing Committee.
The Committee plans to increase the full-time deputies at the 14th National Assembly Legislature to another 15 people compared to the previous legislature.
However, the total number of NA deputies at the 14th Legislature will be 500 people, same as that of the previous legislature. But I don't support the idea of reducing the deputies from the judiciary agency as at present their legal expertise is of great importance in the legal compiling process of the National Assembly.
In your opinion, what should the VN Fatherland Front CC do to increase their role through their representatives at the National Assembly at the 14th legislature?
Here I just want to emphasise the important role of the VN Fatherland Front in choosing and screening their candidates to stand for the up-coming NA elections and People's Councils at grassroots levels.
In addition, the VN Fatherland Front CC should be pro-active and work closely with authorised agencies to solve any problems that may arise which relate to the candidates before the final lists of candidates are made public. — VNS