Vietnam Fatherland Front chairman Nguyen Thien Nhan speaks at the second consultation round. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s Chairman Nguyen Thien Nhan called for fruitful meetings between voters and candidates for upcoming National Assembly and local People’s Councils elections.

In the guidelines he has issued, Nhan instructed the VFF’s provincial and municipal chapters to work with their respective local People’s Committees to effectively organise candidate-voter meetings.

He said fair and honest public communications campaigns are necessary to help voters grasp a true and clear understanding of candidates.

The guidelines also stated candidates should be informed of basic information on the local social-economic situation to help them create their action plans ahead of their meeting with voters.

Meetings, which will take place between April 27 and May 21, must ensure candidates meet a diverse cross-section of voters from the constituency they represent.

Nhan said after the three consultation rounds, the country shortlisted 879 candidates who are eligible to run for the 500 seats in the National Assembly.

Nhan also affirmed that consultation rounds have taken place in a democratic and objective way without discrimination against any candidate.-VNA