Vietnam elects 500 to the National Assembly

AP News
Posted: Jun 03, 2011 2:54 AM
Vietnam elects 500 to the National Assembly

Vietnam has released the results of elections for the National Assembly, and more than 90 percent of the 500 lawmakers elected are from the ruling Communist Party.

Secretary General of the Elections Commission Pham Minh Tuyen told reporters Friday that only four of 15 candidates who nominated themselves were picked, and 42 with no party affiliation were selected.

More than 99 percent of more than 62 million voters went to the polls for the May 22 elections. Voting is mandatory in Vietnam, but it's common for one relative cast ballots for the whole family.

Tuyen accused "hostile forces" of trying to sabotage the elections by calling for boycotts and an end to the Communist Party.

The National Assembly is expected to convene its first meeting in July.