I stress the word “gradual,” because it is probable that self-nominating candidates could still be eliminated from the final candidates list during the “screening” processes [procedures through which affiliated organizations of the CPV meet to decide on the quotas of candidates for each organization and structures of the list of candidates, as well as establishing the final list of candidates for each constituency]. They could even be “denounced” at electors’ conferences according to Article 45 of the Law on Elections No. 85/2015/QH13. And any shortcomings in their private lives would be picked to pieces by the CPV-run newspapers… Many people think the “self-nomination” will fail and it “won’t reverse anything”… But the self-nomination process will show to the people the reality of the “democracy to the most” in our country, will press for meaningful changes in the future, and will help improve the civic standards of the people and of the public officials. I think people who are eligible should run for the coming National Assembly election. Article 3 of the Election Law states that candidates to the National Assembly “should satisfy the criteria for National Assembly deputies as provided for by the Law on Organization of the National Assembly.” According to Article 22 of the Law on Organization of the National Assembly (No. 57/2014/QH13), the criteria are:
1. To be loyal to the Fatherland, the People, and the Constitution, to strive to carry out the renewal cause for the goal of a prosperous people and a strong, democratic, equitable and civilized country.
2. To possess moral qualities, to be diligent, thrifty, incorruptible, public-spirited and selfless, exemplary in the observance of law; to have the spirit and be determined to control corruption, waste and all manifestations of bureaucracy, imperiousness, and authoritarianism and other illegal acts.
3. To possess educational and professional qualifications, to have full capacity, health, work experience and prestige to perform the tasks of a National Assembly deputy.
4. To keep close ties with the People, to listen to opinions of the People, to gain confidence of the People.
5. To have the conditions to participate in the activities of the National Assembly.
Anyone who feels they satisfy the five criteria above should feel free to submit their self-nomination application to run for the National Assembly election. If there are 896 people who run as independent candidates against the candidates that are nominated by the CPV, it will be a great thing, and a legal thing.
Such self-nomination will gradually turn the supposed right to stand for election into an actual one. Don’t hesitate, prepare and submit your self-nomination application right away!
I am convincing other people to stand for election, so then how about myself? I am two years younger than Mr. Trong and I think I satisfy all the criteria to become a candidate. If Mr. Trong is nominated by the CPV, I will register to nominate myself in the same constituency to which Mr. Trong is assigned. If Mr. Trong is not nominated by the CPV because of his age, I also will not run, unless I obtain 5000 endorsement signatures from now until March 12, 2016.
This is a completely lawful game between the two: we (including reformist members of the Communist Party) and the conservatives who want to take away our rights. In this game (similar to flipping a coin), if the result is HEADS then we WIN (this chance is not high), if the result is TAILS (higher chance), they LOSE. The more they try to obstruct, harass or arrest us because of our lawful action which respects even the current legislation (even when it is not good), the less we are able to help Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong prove the “democratic to the most” nature of the ongoing nomination and self-nomination process, which will be a bitter defeat for them.
© The 88 Project 2016