Deputies at the ongoing eighth session of the 13th National Assembly yesterday debated the supervision of power during discussions on a draft Law on Local Government Organisation.
Most agreed that people's councils should be set up alongside people's committees in every locality to ensure residents' retained close supervision over power.
Referring to Article 111 of the Constitution, Danh Ut and Trieu La Pham, representatives from Kien Giang and Ha Giang provinces, said the 2013 Constitution provided detailed regulations on local government that should be considered fundamental principles for the development of the law.
They vetoed a proposal to create people's committees without people's councils in districts and wards, saying that this would violate Item 2, Article 111 of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, HCM City deputy Tran Du Lich supported a proposal to arrange local government at two levels, provincial and local.
Deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, also from HCM City, suggested a three-level government body be maintained in rural areas, and a two-level government structure in cities.
She said this was a great chance to revolutionise the organisation of the administrative system from the central level down to the local level.
Many deputies agreed that the bill should rectify shortcomings of the Law on the Organisation of the People's Council and People's Committee after 11 years of implementation.
They said that the bill contributed to the realisation of the Constitution as well as Party's policy to reform local government, thus enhancing its self-control and management.
They said it was also an opportunity to address the shortcomings and power overlaps of the current system as well as the cumbersome and inefficient State administration body.
They added that the allocation of the roles, powers, tasks and responsibilities of local government should be considered carefully.
Ho Thi Thuy, a representative from Vinh Phuc province, said that the draft law had yet to specify the differences in power at each level of local government, thus failing to address the overlap and define the responsibilities at each level.
Additionally, the bill had yet to properly adapt local government's differences in power and tasks to the natural condition, socio-economic development and management capacity of specific areas, including rural and urban areas, as well as islands.
Also yesterday, legislators approved the revised Law on the Organisation of People's Courts and the Law on the Organisation of People's Procuracies.
Voted in with an 83.5 per cent majority of 415 delegates, the new Law on the Organisation of People's Courts comprises 11 chapters and 98 articles detailing the courts' functions, tasks, mission and organisational structure. The Law on the Organisation of People's Procuracies, with 6 chapters and 101 articles, makes similar stipulations regarding procuracies. Resolutions on the enforcement of the abovementioned laws were also adopted.
Deputies discussed the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They agreed that now was the right time to adopt them, since they formed a crucial part of guaranteeing basic human rights in Viet Nam and were in line with the 2013 Constitution.
Several national assembly members called for Vietnamese legal regulations to be brought in line with international convention.
On the same day, the National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu received the Chairwoman of the Brazil-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group Jo Moraes, who attended the session. Luu expressed his belief that her visit would strengthen co-operation between the two countries and legislatures.