A preliminary list of 183 candidates for the 13th National Assembly, recommended by centrally run agencies, organisations and units, has been endorsed.

This was the result of the second consultation conference organised by the Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) in Hanoi on March 22.

Prominent at the conference were Tong Thi Phong, Politburo member, Vice Chairwoman of the NA and Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Election Council, and Ha Thi Khiet, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation.

Reports delivered at the conference indicated that VFFCC has received the recommendations of 183 candidates, their summarized biographies and assets inventories.

The candidates include 11 recommended by Party bodies, three by the State President’s agency, 20 by the Government, two by justice agencies, 16 by armed forces and 31 others by VFF and its member organisations.

Participants all expressed belief in the recommendations of the centrally run agencies as well as the nominees. However, many of them raised concern about the age of full-time deputies, to ensure the rate of re-elected deputies, the proportion of elected deputies and candidates to have more choice, and the rate of non-Party members and ethnic minority people in the parliament./.