• More female voters avail facilitation booth services 

    Women voters outnumbered men in availing the postal ballot facilitation and mobile booths service on October 10, 11 and 12 for the upcoming general elections. The press release Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) issued on October 13 stated that of the 84,829 people, who cast their ballots through the service, 46,358 were female and 38,471 male.

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Let’s change before it’s too late: DNT

DNT President Lotay Tshering (Photo: DNT Facebook)

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering quotes a Bhutanese saying to drive home the point he has been repeating in all his campaign meetings: “What took a long time to fill in drops, can be spilt in a fraction of a second.” If people are not careful, what has …

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We are optimistic: DPT

DPT President Pema Gyamtsho (Photo: DPT Facebook)

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is prepared to accept whatever mandate the electorate confers it with. After securing 30.9 percent of the total votes and winning 22 constituencies in the primary round, the final race for DPT is nearing the finishing line. The past 25 days has been a “roller …

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DNT president to end campaign in Thimphu

DNT president campaigns in Lunana yesterday

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa president Lotay Tshering will end his campaign for the Parliamentary elections 2018 in his constituency in Thimphu. Throughout the 2018 elections, he could not visit his constituency, he said and despite that the voters voted overwhelmingly in his favour. “Their support gives me the strength to reach …

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DPT to wrap up campaign in Mongar 

DPT president with the people of Nanong_Shumar in Pemagatshel yesterday

After campaigning in Nanong-Shumar, Pemagatshel, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president, Pema Gyamtsho met with the people of Nganglam yesterday. The president will move to Mongar today, where he will wrap up his campaign. Save for Zhemgang, the president has visited all the dzongkhags in a span of less than 25 …

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7,500 vote at facilitation booths in Wangdue and Punakha

Polling and election officials close the facilitation booth at Khuruthang TTI in Punakha

As the postal ballot facilitation booths ceased operation at 7pm on September 12, Punakha saw voter turnout of 81.24 percent, more by eight percent from the primary round of the elections. Lingmukha-Toedwag’s returning officer, Kinley Dorji, said voter turnout was good this time because the office of the returning officer in Punakha had personally called all the …

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Encouraging differently-abled people to vote

Electoral officials in Tsirang are trying to make EVM voting possible for the differently-abled voters. There are at least 240 differently-abled eligible voters in the dzongkhag. The voter education session for the differently-abled people was conducted through ‘reaching the unreached’ initiative before the primary round. Dzongkhag electoral officer, Kibu Zangpo, …

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DHI Business Acceleration Programme begins

The first cohort of the training programme will finish on February 14, 2019 (Photo: DHI)

The DHI Business Acceleration Programme, DHI BizAP, began on October 13 at the start-up center in Changzamtog Thimphu. Chief advisor of the interim government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk inaugurated the opening. The entrepreneurship programme covers training and skill development,which will sharpen the entrepreneurs’ value proposition, define target market, get market feedback …

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How DNT and DPT looks at votes from Samtse

Uttaray village in Samtse

In Uttaray, a small hamlet in Samtse, 70-year-old Bhansingh Ghalley has not been feeling well lately. An eligible voter of Phuentshopelri-Samtse constituency in Samtse, he is determined vote on Thursday. Uttary is about 11km from Samtse town towards Dorokha. A small farm road connects the village to the Samtse-Dorokha highway. …

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Wangdue and Punakha to deploy 377 polling officials for the poll day

Polling officials in Punakha attend the first day of the two-day refreshers course at Khuruthang TTI hall yesterday

With just two days left for the poll day of the general election, the office of the returning officer in Wangdue and Punakha are readying to dispatch polling officials to the polling stations. A two-day refreshers course for the polling officials began yesterday. Returning officer of Punakha’s Kabisa-Talog constituency, Norbu Zangmo, …

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Sarpang prepares for general election 

The Maokhola swells every monsoon, posing risk to the people

A majority of voters in the two constituencies of Sarpang will head to the polls amid preparations for Dassain, which falls on October 19, the day after the general election polls. With a total of 30,183 registered voters, Sarpang is the fourth largest dzongkhag after Trashigang, Samtse and Mongar in …

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Widening work in Yangtse irks commuters

Commuters say it is difficult for small vehicles to pass through the muddy sludge

After years of hold-up, widening project along the Doksum-Yangtse highway has began in June this year. But the project has been causing inconveniences both for the commuters and the contractors. As the road remains blocked most of the time, service delivery is being affected, say dzongkhag officials. An official who …

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Facilitation booths in Paro see 5,389 voters

Students cast votes at a mobile facilitation booth at Wangsel Institute in Paro

Of the 6,723 registered voters in Paro, 5,389 voters cast their votes taking the voter turnout to 80.16 percent through the postal ballot facilitation booths between 10 and 12 October.  One of the voters, Pem Zam, a teacher at the Early Childhood Care and Development Centre (ECCD), said that it …

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