Vietnamese people on Sunday cast their votes to choose representatives for the 500-seat National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2016-2021 term.
The election began at 7 a.m. and will run without pause until 7 p.m on Sunday.
It is organized and supervised by the National Election Council, chaired by Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman for the current National Assembly.
According to the council, of the 870 candidates for seats in the National Assembly, 197 were nominated by the central government and 673 nominated by local governments. There are only 11 self-nominated candidates.
Nearly 39 percent of the candidates are women and 11 percent are not party members.
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City each has 50 candidates running for a total of 60 seats in the assembly.
Nguyen Hanh Phuc, general secretary of the current National Assembly, has said that all 870 candidates will be treated equally, including those who are not party members and had nominated themselves to run as independents.
In Vietnam, the voting age is 18 but one has to be at least 21 to run for office.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong casts his ballots for members of the 14th National Assembly and People's Councils at a polling station in Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi on May 22, 2016. Photo: Ngoc Thang/Thanh Nien
President Tran Dai Quang casts his ballots at a polling station in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Photo credit: H. Thu/Zing
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife cast their ballots at a polling station in Vinh Bao District, Hai Phong City. Photo: Huy Hung/Thanh Nien
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan casts her ballots at a polling station in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Photo: Truong Son/Thanh Nien
Former President Truong Tan Sang casts his ballots in at a polling station District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Mai Thanh Hai/Thanh Nien
Former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung casts his ballots at a polling station in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3. Photo credit: VnExpress
A voter reads profile of candidates before casting his ballots at a polling station in Hanoi. Photo credit: Kham/Reuters
Voters cast their ballots at a polling station in Hanoi on May 22, 2016. Photo credit: Kham/Reuters
86-year-old Bui Thi Sao (R) is helped by an election officer as she casts her ballots at a polling station in Hanoi on May 22, 2016. Photo credit: Kham/Reuters
Phan Huy Tuy, who is a Hai Phong native, casts his ballot at Hanoi’s Viet Duc Hospital, where he is under treatment, in the morning of May 22, 2016. Photo: Thuy Hang/Thanh Nien