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Uncle Ho's special voter card

Rosie Nguyen Rosie Nguyen

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May 21, 2021 | 06:43

The reserved stamp and President Ho Chi Minh’s special signature make voter card number 577 from April 15, 1965 unique. The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Thua Thien Hue still preserves special cards associated with the story of the times Uncle Ho went to vote.

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Uncle Ho's special voter card
President Ho Chi Minh exercised his citizenship.

Throughout his leadership, President Ho Chi Minh was always interested in building a real government of the people, by the people, and for the people. He asserted “The voter card has a very noble value; it is a sign confirming that the people really own the country" or "The voter card is small in scope, but its value is enormous. Our people have gone through so much hardship and sacrificed so much blood to win it. It proves the democracy and freedom of our government and the true mastery of each of our citizens. Therefore, voting in the general election is both a precious right and a sacred duty of every voter."

Voter card number 577 is a card issued on April 15, 1965 to elect the People's Council of Hanoi on April 25, 1965. There are two special things on this voter card: the stamp on the election day is reversed and Ho Chi Minh's signature has the last stroke pulled down. To explain these special things, Comrade Vu Ky’s personal secretary recounted: At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 25, 1965, Uncle Ho went to the polling station in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi to vote for the City People's Council. Upon arrival, he happily greeted and told everyone to join him in doing well the rights and obligations of a citizen.

After that, Uncle Ho went to the table of the election staff working and presented the voter card. The young officer was very excited and moved to have the election date stamped on Uncle Ho's voter card and attentively watched him hold the pen to sign.

Uncle Ho's special voter card
Uncle Ho's voter card number 577.

There is one very small thing that made her remember forever. That's when he signed the voter card, when the last stroke of Uncle Ho's signature was close to the square seal of the Administrative Committee of Ba Dinh area, he quickly dragged the stroke down to not let the signature overlap on the seal.

The officer respectfully stood up and handed the voter card to Uncle Ho. He thanked her and said cordially, "Why are you stamping this backwards?"

It turned out that while she was busy looking at Uncle Ho, she held the sign reversely and stamped it on the voter card. Uncle Ho and everyone looked at the card stamped on April 25 and laughed. The atmosphere at the bustling polling place was full of joy. Then, Uncle Ho went to the table to receive the ballots and sat at the table for voters, carefully read each candidate's name to choose the worthy ones.

The date of the election of the 15th National Assembly and the election of the People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 term is approaching. Uncle Ho taught Vietnamese citizens to value the election process. As a result, voters understand their responsibility to stay informed and select the best candidates for the betterment of Vietnam.

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