The number of candidates for seats at the 13 th National Assembly is 827, said Tran Van Tuan, Minister of Home Affairs at a press briefing in Hanoi on April 27.

Localities have already set up election boards to oversee the elections to the 13 th National Assembly and the People’s Council at all levels in the 2011-2016 term, Minister Tuan said.

A total of 3,832 deputies will be selected for seats at provincial People’s Councils at 63 cities and provinces, 21,131 at district level and 281,491 at communal level.

The third consultative conference passed the official list of 5,965 candidates for the People’s Council at all levels.

Female candidates make up 34.4 percent, or 2,052 people, young candidates, 20.3 percent or 1,211 people, non-Party candidates, 14.62 percent or 872 people, ethnic minority candidates 19.21 percent or 1,146 people, and the number of self-nominated candidates is 25 or 0.41 percent.

As many as 91,438 polling stations are expected to be set up across the country.

In an effort to thoroughly prepare for the elections at cities and provinces, the Ministry of Home Affairs has worked with 63 cities and provinces to organise seven training courses for members of election boards from April 21-28 and partnered with relevant agencies to answer questions regarding the elections raised by localities./.