Except for the two constituencies with disqualified candidates, the rest are ready to go
Except for the two constituencies, where the candidates are not finalised, returning officers in the country have started dispatching postal ballot packages to voters who successfully applied.
The two constituencies are Radhi-Sakteng in Trashigang and Nanong-Shumar in Pemagatshel, where candidates of DPT and PDP respectively could not go past the nomination scrutiny stage. The parties have until June 21 to pitch new candidates.
As [... Read More]
The overflowing sewerage behind the town
… is both to be seen and smelt and may be eased soon by a JICA-donated cesspool tank
Residents of Chamkhar town, who live near the septic tank behind the main town, are fed up with its frequent blockage and overflow from the tank and pipes.
It is worse at the vegetable market area, where a sewerage pipe is blocked in two places, and the waste is overflowing into an already overfilled septic tank.
Thromde thuemi Karma Lekden [... Read More]
Whichever side of that fence one sits on, there’s no escaping this fact of life common to all
As sure as taxes and as much, if not more, of a wrench
WE, that is to say, the human race, have come a long way, baby – thanks in no small part to our fecund bent for breeding — but we just can’t shake off that doggone shadow of death. It’s like a tail, the one we’d shed, [... Read More]
Piled high: A scrap yard in Phuentsholing
Why import bottles already available here? Not enough supply is the response
Scrap dealers in the border town of Phuentsholing are frustrated with not being able to sell off thousands of empty bottles collected over the years.
They say that Bhutan Brewery private limited in Pasakha, which brews the Druk 11,000 beer, imports bottles instead of buying from them.
So scrap dealers have no option than to sell at a lower rate to dealers in the adjacent Indian [... Read More]
About 469 units of blood was collected yesterday at the clock tower square in the capital in the blood donation campaign organized by Bank of Bhutan Ltd (BoBL). Coinciding with World Blood Donors Day, BOB’s “Give the gift of life, donate blood” initiative was in response to the increasing number of accidents on Bhutanese roads and construction sites, increasing demand for emergency blood [... Read More]
The interim govt. will decide soon on how to pursue DPT’s complaint on the banned website
The interim government will make a decision regarding Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) complaint against the government-banned website, Bhutanomics, some time next week.
The website is a platform for anonymous contributors, who write and post images on political and social issues.
On whether the interim government will launch an investigation or pursue other measures against the person or persons behind the website, the [... Read More]
Tshewang Rinzin inspects the first lot of postal ballots received yesterday morning
With general elections approaching, it’s time again for Bhutan Post officials to work round-the-clock sorting and delivering postal voting forms to voters across the country.
Starting yesterday, returning officers of all constituencies have started mailing postal ballots forms to Thimphu general post office (GPO) and three regional GPOs in Gelephu, Phuentsholing and Samdrupjongkhar.
For delivery to and from Bhutan Post, besides their own coaster buses, vans and bikes, other private transport services travelling to different dzongkhags are [... Read More]
A closer scrutiny of certain clauses is required in the light of issues thrown up in these elections
The country’s many laws, especially the Constitution and Election Act, merit a closer look, given the numerous issues that emerged in the recent electoral process.
For instance, legal professionals said, article 23 section 4(c) of the Constitution poses fundamental questions in the interpretation of the Constitution and related laws, such as the Election Act.
The provision states that a candidate [... Read More]
The election dispute settlement body in Samtse is still investigating a complaint submitted in writing by the former candidate of Druk Chirwang tshogpa, Nima Drukpa, against against the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate Durga Prasad Chhetri for serving lunch to about 80 villagers during their party coordination meeting.
Durga Prasad Chhetri, 48, is representing DPT from Trashicholing (Sipsu) constituency. Nima Drukpa was one of his opponents from the same constituency for the primary round.
Nima Drukpa submitted that [... Read More]
Unlike for other purposes, there is no cooling off probation period in this case
People with a criminal record will not get a security clearance certificate (SCC), if it is to contest an election, it has been learnt.
Except for offenses against Ku-Sung-Thukten and national security, the SCC is issued to those with a criminal record after a probation period. But this does not apply in case it is to contest election.
“People applying for SCC to contest [... Read More]