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    Twenty-six voters of one of the most remote villages in the country, Esuna in Lunana, Gasa will walk for two days to cast their votes at Rakashong polling station today.

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Facilitation booths saw 5,220 postal voters in Paro

Election officials verify names and details of the voters on September 7 at PCE’s facilitation booth

Paro saw voter turnout of about 5,220 at facilitation booths between September 7 and 9. Paro had four postal ballot facilitation booths, one each at Wanakha Central School (CS), Shaba Higher Secondary School (HSS), Drukgyel CS, and Paro College of Education (PCE). A total of 6,705 voters had registered for …

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Trongsa sees 2,679 postal voters

There were three postal ballot facilitation booths in Trongsa

A total of 2,679 voters, 1,392 female and 1,287 male cast their postal ballots in the three days in Trongsa.  The three postal ballot facilitation booths (FB) in Trongsa saw a good number of female voters turning up to cast their ballots.  The facilitation booth at the College of language …

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Lhuentse facilitation booths saw 92 percent voter turnout

Female voters turnout outnumbered males in Lhuentse HSS FB

Namgay Dema, 80, from Trashi Yangtse was perhaps the oldest and one of the early voters who showed up to cast her postal ballot at the facilitation booth at Lhuentse High School on the first day of the voting that kicked on September 7. Like others, she waited in queue …

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Bicycles, still popular in Lhamoizingkha

Even with motorcycles and boleros, farmers in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana still prefer to ride bicycles, the community’s old mode of transport. Pictured here are monks riding their bicycles in Lhamoizingkha town.

Bolero pickups and motorbikes have increased in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana, but the old and common mode of transport of riding bicycles among farmers still exists. Unlike in urban areas, where people bike for health and fitness reasons, it is a necessity for farmers in the locality. Although some farmers have shifted …

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Drukgyel dzong reconstruction to complete by 2022

Two of the seven phases of the reconstruction project has been completed to date

The reconstruction work at Drukgyel dzong in Paro is 40 percent complete, according to the project officials. The work is estimated to complete by December 2022. The reconstruction works began in April 2016 after the command of His Majesty The King to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness (HRH) …

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Dasho Sonam Kinga’s post violates social media rules: Media arbitrator

The Office of the Media Arbitrator’s investigation has found that the Facebook post by former National Council chairperson Dasho Sonam Kinga (PhD) is a third party election advertising under section 7.2 of the Social Media Rules. The investigation found Dasho Sonam Kinga’s Facebook post in violation of Section 4.4 of …

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Zhemgang sees good turnout at FB centres

519 voters cast their votes in Zhemgang

Zhemgang saw a good turn out on the first day of voting through the facilitation booth (FB) service. The two FB in Zhemgang’s upper and lower Kheng region, saw a total of 519 voters, 321 female and 208 male come to vote.  The FB service at the Zhemgang central school …

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1,527 voters cast their ballots in S/Jongkhar

With a large number of voters turning up at the Samdrupjongkhar MSS postal ballot facilitation booth, the voting time extended until 10pm yesterday.  The officials had distributed token to those voters who came before 7pm. A total of 766 voters, which include 356 male and 410 female cast their ballots …

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Women come in numbers to vote in P/ling

A woman carries her sleeping child and stands in queue to caste her vote yesterday at Phuentsholing Middle Secondary School fecilation booth

The scene at the facilitation booth at the Phuentsholing Middle Secondary School yesterday could provide a peek into why Bhutan’s elections see more women voters than men. Expecting mothers, mother with child, some sleeping while standing in line with their mothers not bothered by the push and shove and the …

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Trucks carrying boulders stranded at India- Bangladesh border

Bhutanese trucks stranded at Fulbari, Indian side of India-Bangladesh border

About 102 Bhutanese trucks with their drivers stranded in Banglabandha, Bangladesh since August 31 re-entered the Indian border, Fulbari yesterday evening.  Bhutanese trucks carrying stones and boulders to Bangladesh use the India-Bangladesh border, Fulbari-Banglabandha. The trucks drop the materials and return empty. However, the trucks and the drivers were held …

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Female voters turn up in large number in Bajo

By 11am, over 200 people cast their votes at the postal ballot facilitation booth in Bajo Wangdue

Thirty-six-year-old Chimi Dema was one of the many mothers who turned up to cast their votes with a baby strapped on their backs.  She left home at 8am to reach Bajo Higher Secondary School, where one of the three facilitation booths was located in Wangdue.  When it was her turn …

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Private sector people wish for FB facility in Mongar

A voter casts her postal ballot at the facilitation booth at Mongar public ground yesterday

Beth Nidi Sharma was an envious bystander yesterday in Mongar. The hotelier from Norgaygang, Samtse watched his friends cast their vote at the facilitation booth in the dzongkhag. As a businessperson, Beth Nath didn’t get the opportunity to use the facility. He will have to travel to Samtse if he …

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