27/05/2015 15:43 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Draft referendum law to be scrutinised at NA session

Hanoi, May 27 (VNA) – The draft Referendum Law will be discussed for the first time at the ongoing ninth session of the 13th National Assembly in a bid to promote democracy and increase the voice of the people in lawmaking.

Building the draft law has been mentioned in many important documents of the Party and State in order to realise the regulations within the 2013 Constitution and thus complete the Vietnamese legal system.

The draft law includes nine chapters and 56 articles, which are in accordance with the Constitution and related laws. It aims at intensifying the power of the public and strengthening great national unity so that people from all walks of life can show their will and aspirations on deciding important issues facing the country.

Accordingly, if the law is amended all Vietnamese citizens from 18 years old - regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, belief, academic standard, occupation and residence - will be allowed to exercise the right to cast their vote during referendums.

As scheduled, the draft law will be debated in groups on June 3 and discussed at a plenary session on June 23.