NA Standing Committee convenes 44th meeting

The National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened its 44th meeting in Hanoi on January 14 with many important issues put on agenda, including preparations for the election of deputies to the 14th NA and all-level People’s Councils for the 2016-2021 tenure. 

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung speaks at the 44th meeting of the NA Standing Committee. (Credit: VNA)
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung speaks at the 44th meeting of the NA Standing Committee. (Credit: VNA)

In his opening remarks, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung noted that the NASC will consider and approve a resolution on the announcement of the Election Day for NA and all-level People’s Council deputies; while commenting on a draft resolution guiding identification of planned constituents and distribution of nominees for all-level People’s Council deputies. 

The NASC will also consider approval for a resolution detailing and instructing implementation of several principles of the Law on Election of Deputies to NA and People’s Councils, the top legislator said.

He asked for close coordination among relevant agencies to ensure uninterrupted direction and accurate instruction so that the election would take place successfully.

During the 44th meeting, comments will also be given on four draft laws, alongside several other important issues, before being submitted to the NA at its 11th session.

Discussing the draft Law on Access to Information, many deputies recommended expanding the scale of information provided. Accordingly, State agencies are responsible for providing the information both created by them and seized by them during the process of fulfilling their functions and tasks. Through this, citizens’ right to access information will not be limited.

The critical point of this law is to clarify what types of information are free for access and what types have access limited, but the draft law has yet to answer these questions, NA Chairman Hung noted.

He requested the compiling committee to review and make relevant supplements to the draft law, or it would not be approved at the upcoming 11th session of the NA.

Regarding the organisations obliged to provide information, some suggested expanding the scope from only State agencies to public administrative units and State-owned enterprises, as a lot of information from these organisations have direct relations to people’s lives and daily activities.

The same day, NASC members also discussed the draft Law on Signing, Joining and Implementing International Treaties.