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Vientiane province announces National Assembly election results

The election committee in Vi entiane province has announced the results of the March 20 election, with a member of the National Assembly's Seventh Legislature Dr Somphou Duangsavanh securing the largest number of votes.

Provincial Deputy Governor and member of the province's election committee, Ms Singkham Khongsavanh, represented the committee to make the announcement on Tuesday.

Thirteen candidates contested seats to r epresent Vientiane province in the NA's Eighth Legislature, of whom nine were elected.

Dr Somphou, who is Vice Chairman of the Seventh Legislature's Social and Cultural Committee, received 197,390 votes.

Ms Buavanh Thammavong, who already represents the province in the National Assembly, came in second with about 188,000 votes.

T hird on the list was Dr Hongkham Souvannavong, who received about 187,000 votes. He is Lao Youth Union Secretary, President of the National Association of Businessmen, and President of TV Lao.

Mr Bounpheng Saynorady, who also has a seat in the current legislature representing the province, took fourth place with about 185,000 votes.

Brigadier General Khamphang Kongsengchanh received about 182,000 votes and took fifth place.

The other candidates elected to the National Assembly are Colonel Khamkhen Outtama (181,946 votes), Mr Somdy Keodalavin (180,746 votes), Ms Theo-ngeun Xamounty (172,027 votes), and Mr Khambong Khonsavanh (163,744 votes).

According to the provincial committee, about 245,000 people were named as eligible to vote but more than 249,000 people turned up to vote at the 430 polling stations throughout the province.

Ms Singkham said all three targets concerning election procedures were achieved: all eligible voters cast a ballot, security was fully ensured; and all of the ballot papers were valid.

Vientiane province has a population of about 419,000, who will also have 28 people to represent them in the Provincial Assembly.

Thirty-nine people contested the election for seats in the Provincial Assembly, with the results also announced on Tuesday.

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