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NC members attend 139th IPU Assembly

The Deputy Chairperson of the National Council, Jigme Wangchuk led a nine-member delegation to the 139th session of the IPU Assembly and related meetings in Geneva from October 14-18. The theme of the general debate was “Parliamentary leadership in promoting peace and development in the age of innovation and technological …

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Voter turnout as of 1pm

A total of 141,991 voters turned up as of 1pm. There were 75,066 female and 66,925 male voters. EVM voter turnout as of 1pm is 46.6 percent. 35,497 votes cast every hour. About 148 votes were cast every minute. At least two votes were cast every second.

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First hours of poll day

7.55am:  People started queuing at the Punakha hospital since 7.55am today. It is one of the polling stations with highest number of registered voters 8am: Polling officials conduct mock election in the presence of voters at 8am at Punakha Hospital and seal the EVM 8.26am: Priority seating arrangements made for …

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Helicopter service availed to drop postal ballots

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and Bhutan Post availed helicopter service to drop 53 postal ballots received from overseas yesterday. The flight service cost Nu 530,805 to the ECB and Bhutan Post, as the total flight was 3 hours and 31 minutes and the helicopter service charged Nu 150,940 …

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Haa is ready for poll-day

About 110 polling officials have been deployed to 22 polling stations in Haa for the poll day. Bji-Kartsho-Eusu constituency has eight constituencies and Sombaykha 14. The furthest polling station in Sombaykha constituency is Sertena. Sombaykha’s Returning officer (RO), Jambay Dorjee, said that polling officials reached Sertena non-formal education centre on …

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10 postal ballots rejected in Trashiyangtse 

Since the opening of envelope A of the postal ballot began on October 16, the office of the returning officer until yesterday has rejected 10 ballots in Trashiyangtse. The two constituencies in Trashiyangtse received 6,279 postal ballots, 3,246 male and 3,033 female by 7pm yesterday. The office of the RO …

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Wangdue and Punakha prepared for poll day

Officials set up a polling station

With the deployment of the polling officials to the polling stations and all the polling stations set up, Wangdue and Punakha are ready for the poll day of the general election of the third parliamentary election. The voters can vote at the polling stations from 9am to 5pm. Except for few polling stations, …

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Pemagatshel rejects 42 ballots

The three constituencies in Pemagatshel received a total of 10,230 postal ballots, of which 2,426 were conventional ballots and 7,804 were facilitation ballots as of 5pm yesterday. Constituency wise, Khar-Yurung constituency received more postal ballots than other two constituencies. The office of the returning officer in Nganglam constituency received 2,572 …

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ECB warns DNT candidate for third party campaigning

Druk Nymdrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) Dewathang-Gomdar candidate Thinley Namgyel and two respondents were warned by Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) for third party campaigning yesterday. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) dzongkhag coordinator, Tshering Dorji, lodged the complaint on October 16. As evidence, Tshering Dorji also submitted a video recording to the ECB. …

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Samtse expects more voters today

Voters from other parts of the country arrive in Samtse to cast their votes and celebrate dassain tomorrow

With hundreds of people coming in to vote today and celebrate Dassain tomorrow, Samtse town was busy yesterday. Taxis, bolero pickups and buses were all packed. Until late in the evening, people hassled to find vehicles. The town’s parking was filled with people from everywhere heading to Dorokha, Tashichholing (Sipsu), …

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17 ballots rejected in Chukha

Officials open envelope A

The office of the Returning Officer (RO) in Chukha received 1106 conventional postal ballots and 3827 facilitation ballots yesterday. Phuentsholing constituency has 10,737 voters of which 5,401 are female and 5336 male voters while Bongo_Chapcha constituency has 7,036 male and 7,284 female voters with total of 14,320 registered voters. While …

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Lam Netens visit India

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, 18 Lam Netens and representatives of the Central Monastic Body from Bhutan are on a two-week visit to India starting October 15. The visit is made at the invitation of the Embassy of India in Bhutan and the Ministry of External Affairs of …

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