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Hundreds of Jaigaon residents wait at the Phuentsholing gate to get home after the boarder gate was closed at 6pm yesterday. Police, drungkhag and immigration officials worked late in the evening to ensure Bhutanese stranded in Jaigoan entered Bhutan. Many Bhutanese vehicles stranded after 6pm also entered Phuentsholing.

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“Investigate, prosecute and hand down the heaviest punishment” PM

Recommends tightening security clearance procedures Condemning the two recent incidents where a vice-principal was arrested for molesting and sexually assaulting nine girl students and an anesthesia technician for alleged rape of a patient attendant, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has asked the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to investigate, prosecute …

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Tipper kills man in S/jongkhar

A-36-year-old man died on impact when a tripper truck hit him in Dewathang, Samdrupjongkhar around 7:45pm on April 18. Samdrupjongkhar police officials said that a back tyre hit the deceased when the truck was reversing. The deceased is thought to be drunk. Officials said that the tipper driver was alerted …

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Thimphu Court defers alleged involuntary murder case

The criminal bench of Thimphu dzongkhag court deferred the case involving a woman, 58, who was alleged for involuntary manslaughter after her four-year-old grandson was found dead by the Thimpchu riverbank near Terma Linca Resort last year. The verdict given yesterday stated that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) …

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Postal ballot overwhelms Trashigang

Trashigang Middle Secondary School polling station has a total of 330 registered voters OR Polling officials at one of the polling stations check the Electronic Voting Machine before the poll day

Election officials in Trashigang were still waiting for postal ballots cast at the facilitation booths in other dzongkhags as of late last night.  Election officials could not complete compiling the final number of the postal ballots received as of yesterday.   Sorting works on the postal ballots stretched until 10:30pm …

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Massive election machinery in Mongar

Coordinating election in a big dzongkhag is a daunting task. With 17 gewogs and 77 polling stations in Mongar, election officials are busy preparing to ensure a smooth election in the dzongkhag. To transport officials on election duty to the polling stations, election officials have deployed four school buses, 46 …

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75 percent postal ballot turnout in Chukha

Chukha’s election office received 2,735 postal ballots, which translates to 75 percent turnout considering a registration of 3,616 postal ballots. Election officials counted the postal ballots yesterday. The number of total ballots accepted and rejected would be announced today. Chukha is all set for the National Council (NC) elections poll …

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Bumthang expects good voter turnout

Polling station in Chumey

Voters and elections officials are prepared for the poll day in Bumthang. All polling officials reported to the 19 polling stations in Bumthang by April 18.  Election officials said the dzongkhag has not received any case of dispute.  There are 116 polling officials in the field, excluding the security personnel. …

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Zhemgang rejects 237 postal ballots so far

Late comer: A Kikhar resident came late to check out the candidates. The campaign posters were removed in accordance to election rules.

Of the 1,648 conventional postal ballots the Office of the Returning Officer received in Zhemgang, 237 were rejected as of yesterday.  Of the 237 rejected, 201 were rejected for lack of identify declaration certificate (IDC) while 19 were rejected for not having the ballots signed by a witness. There were …

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Dagana deploys 502 officials on election duty

Heading for election: Dagana has 14 gewogs and 24,200 eligible voters (12,128 male and 12,072 female)

A total of 137 male and 95 female polling officers and 270 security personnel have been deployed to 46 polling stations in Dagana to conduct the National Council poll day today.  The election office in Dagana provided 92 electronic voter machines (EVM) to 46 polling stations. Dzongkhag electoral officer, Rigzen …

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Mongar court convicts woman for attempted murder

The Mongar dzongkhag court sentenced a 34-year-old woman from Khamdang in Trashiyangtse to five years in prison for attempting to murder a woman in Sherichu last year.  The defendant, Pema Wangmo, was found guilty of attempting to murder Kunzang Choden from Chaskhar after she stabbed the victim 12 times on …

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The Envelope A dilemma in Sarpang

As of late last night officials were still opening the postal ballot packages

Counting officials at the Sarpang Returning Officer’s office in Gelephu worked late into the night for the past two days to complete opening the postal ballot envelope A packages. The office began opening the envelopes on April 17 deploying four counting officers who could open close to 500 envelopes. The …

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