HANOI, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Residents in remote and border areas of Vietnam cast their votes earlier than the nationwide election date to elect deputies to the 14th National Assembly (NA) and People's Councils at all levels for 2016-2021 tenure.
In central Quang Nam province (some 650 km south of capital Hanoi), the voting was conducted in 49 polling stations across the province on Thursday, reported Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA.
Also on Thursday, early voting was held at Tho Chau island in southern Kien Giang province (some 1,220 km south of capital Hanoi). Earlier, voters at border areas in northern Lai Chau province (some 300 km northwest of capital Hanoi) also cast their votes.
Outcomes of the early voting will be reported to the relevant central agency together with results of the voting on Sunday.
On Sunday, the general election to elect lawmakers to the country's parliament and members of all-level people's councils will officially kick off nationwide.
Voters will cast votes to choose 500 deputies to the 14th NA of Vietnam among 870 candidates. Meanwhile, Provincial People's Councils across Vietnam will have 3,918 deputies to be vied by 6,528 candidates. At the district level, as many as 24,993 out of 41,777 candidates will be elected as council members. The respective figures for the communal level are 294,055 and 497,312.
The results of the election of deputies to the 14th NA will be announced within 20 days after the election, according to the National Election Council Office.
The first session of the 14th NA is scheduled to take place in July 2016 when state leaders of the country will be re-elected.
During the final session of the 13th NA, Vietnamese parliament replaced top leadership positions of the country.
On March 31, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan became the country's first NA chairwoman, while Tran Dai Quang was elected the new President on April 2, and Nguyen Xuan Phuc was elected to become the country's new Prime Minister on April 7.