NA Mulls Dissolving Grassroots Legislative Organs

Members of the National Assembly met to discuss dissolving district and ward People Councils and voting chairmen for commune-level People Committees yesterday. There are different opinions.

According to the government’s statement, the plan to dissolve people’s councils at districts and wards will be carried out in 10 provinces and cities (69 suburban districts, 32 districts and 483 wards).

Mr Ngo Minh Hong, director of HCMC Justice Department said: “how can we concentrate on directing and running such a wide project?. It is premature to decide a big problem in a session”.

“District People’s Committees have played certain roles in developing the economy and society. However, it is time to renew and improve state organizations in districts” delegate Nguyen Dang Kinh from Ha Noi said.

However, some problems need to be made clear for the National Assembly to consider; for example, "why the project is to be carried out in districts and wards but not in communes and cities under provinces”, Mr Kinh emphasized.

“Reading the project, I just see lines but not contents”, Mr Nguyen Thanh Cang from HCMC stated.

Delegate Nguyen Duy Huu from Dak Lac stated from another angle “when we dissolve people’s councils, people’s rights will be limited”. Moreover, “without people’s councils, which organizations will supervise legislative organizations in districts”.

Voting for chairmen of commune level people’s committees

According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Tran Dinh Tuan, people voting for their commune chairmen is good because it will strengthen democracy and people’s role in building and supervising state mechanism.

Commune chairmen are from 21 to 50 years old and have university or a higher degree, he added.

Many delegates wonder if there are enough people for these positions. Besides, elected chairman may be just a representative for a certain group of people.

“This is a delicate and difficult problem, so the progress of introducing candidates needs to be supervised closely”, Ms Truong Thi Anh from HCMC said.

The government should not impose strict condition on professional skills and education, Huynh Thanh Dat opined.

Others disagreed, saying stipulating education level is necessary.

By Ham Yen, Dinh Lan – Translated by H.Mien

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