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NA Elections 2018

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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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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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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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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Tight race for the candidates of Khatoed-Laya

Most households in Laya, Gasa are planning to divide their votes between the candidates of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT). DPT’s Changa Dawa and DNT’s Tenzin are both from Laya. Many in the community feel that the votes from lower Gasa will decide who goes to …

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Voter turnout at SJ increases to 87.6 percent

Close to 88 percent of the registered postal voters cast their ballots at the postal ballot facilitation and mobile booths in Samdrupjongkhar, an increase from 78.8 in the primary round. About 3,900 voters cast their votes at the four facilitation and mobile booths in the dzongkhag; 56 percent of the …

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ECB decides six more cases

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) had dismissed the complaint lodged by Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) general secretary Phurba on October 10 against a Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) supporter Kherjay, who is also known as Tshering Gyeltshen, alleging that he chased the DNT president’s vehicle with the intention of throwing …

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Trongsa remains undecided

two day refreshers’ course was held for all polling officials

With few days left for the general elections, people of Trongsa are yet to decide on whom to vote for. Most voters say that both the political parties’ pledges are good for the country and people and their responsibility is to select a capable candidate. Voters said the supporters of PDP and BKP are …

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