Vietnam plans to raise ethnic NA deputies to 18 percent hinh anh 1An ethnic National Assembly deputy addresses at the Hall's session (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Ethnic Council Nguyen Lam Thanh has said the goal of increasing the rate of ethnic minorities in the 15th legislature from 17.3 percent to 18 percent is likely to be reached.

They must join election campaigns to win voters’ trust, he said in a recent interview with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

Among 868 candidates for the upcoming election, 185 are ethnic minorities, accounting for 21.31 percent.

Meeting the goal depends on many factors, such as the quality of candidates, preparations for election campaigns with action plans and most importantly, the number of votes, he said.

According to Thanh, ethnic candidates meet many difficulties during election campaign due to their limited access to information in remote and mountainous areas, thus deterring them from grasping local situation.

Moreover, difference in ethnic groups, customs and cultures also makes it hard for them to persuade voters. They must raise voters’ voice and share similarities in culture with voters, he said.

The elections of deputies to the 15th NA and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure are slated for May 23./.