Hà Nội temporarily
closes online poll on loudspeakers
Tied to poles or streetlights at a height, loudspeakers, or
loa phường in Vietnamese, are used to provide local people with news, songs
and information at dawn and dusk. The concept is said to have originated in
the 1970s during the American War when they would be used to raise an alarm
before the bombing raids. - VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI - The online poll on loudspeakers that Hà Nội’s
Department of Information and Communication started on January 25 has been
temporarily closed since Tuesday afternoon.
The poll, on
the continued use of loudspeakers, a public address system that was widely
used when the country was at war, is supposed to close onMarch10.
Phan Lan Tú,
head of the department, said the move was made after a sudden, sharp increase
in responses was observed on Monday. Most of these responses – all of them
said loudspeakers were necessary – were found to have originated from four
morning to 11.25am, the responses increased from 3,000 to 178,000, and 48 per
cent of the total responses said it was necessary to continue using
loudspeakers. Before Monday, about 80 per cent of the responses said
loudspeakers were unnecessary,” Tú said.
the possibility that the system had been hacked and said it was because of an
error in the system.
temporary closure was needed to maintain the objectiveness of the poll
results, Tú toldvietnamnet.vnonline newspaper.
She said the
online poll would be up and running by Wednesday afternoon athttps://hanoi.gov.vn/tham-do-y-kien. However, it was not accessible by this time.
also email their response email@example.com. The
information department will report its results to Hà Nội People’s Committee.
poles or streetlights at a height, loudspeakers, or loa phườngin Vietnamese, are used to
provide local people with news, songs and information at dawn and dusk. The
concept is said to have originated in the 1970s during the American War when
they would be used to raise an alarm before the bombing raids.
year, Hà Nội People’s Committee Chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung asked concerned
agencies to assess the necessity of using loudspeakers in all the communes
and wards. The city has 584 commune-level administrative units, including 386
communes, 177 wards and 21 towns. Loudspeakers cost each unit a few hundred