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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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National Council poll day today

With 5,619 election officials fanning out across the country to man 866 polling stations, the Election Commission of Bhutan says it is prepared for the National Council poll day today. The last task the commission completed before heading home late on the eve of the poll day was going through reports that …

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Paro ready for NC poll day

Polling officials remove the candidates’ posters from a board in Lamgoong in Paro yesterday

If postal ballots happen to be the deciding factor in today’s election in Paro, the six candidates vying for a seat in the National Council will wish if more people had used their postal ballot facility. The election commission had issued 983 conventional postal ballots and another 1,509 people residing …

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Trashigang NC candidates ask for more common forum time

With just 24 hours to poll day, national council candidates in Trashigang are contemplating if they had covered all the potential voters.  “Meeting every voter within the given time is not possible,” a candidate said. “Given the large number of population, there wasn’t enough time to reach them all.” Trashigang …

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Picture story

Members of the monastic body conduct lhabsang thrusoel, a purification ceremony for electronic voting machines before the 420 election officials left for their polling stations in Wangdue yesterday

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