Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has commended Hanoi on its active and prompt preparations for the elections to the 13th National Assembly and the People’s Council for the 2011-2016 period scheduled for May 22.

Trong, who is also National Assembly Chairman and Chairman of the Central Election Council, made the remark while inspecting the capital city’s preparations for the upcoming elections on April 18.

Head of the Hanoi NA deputies delegation and Chairwoman of the Hanoi Election Council (HEC) Ngo Thi Doan Thanh said that the HEC has issued plans to conduct the election early and made thorough preparations in terms of security and popularisation work as well as settlement of petitions and complaints.

Hanoi has 29 urban and suburban districts and 577 wards and communes. It is entitled to elect 95 deputies to the Municipal People’s Council, 1,140 deputies to the district and town People’s Council and 15,766 deputies to communal People’s Council. The city has 4,553 election units and 4,766 polling stations, said Thanh.

Trong praised Hanoi for ensuring political security and social order and safety and for its dissemination of the significance of the elections for all strata of people to help them gain better understanding of people-elected agencies.

Hanoi should create the most favourable conditions for all voters to exercise their right and obligation to vote, said the Party leader.

He emphasised the necessity for Hanoi to ensure that the elections are conducted in a democratic, law-abiding safe and economical manner.

During the inspection tour, the Party leader also examined election preparations in Ly Thai To ward, Hoan Kiem district./.