• More female voters avail facilitation booth services 

    Women voters outnumbered men in availing the postal ballot facilitation and mobile booths service on October 10, 11 and 12 for the upcoming general elections. The press release Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) issued on October 13 stated that of the 84,829 people, who cast their ballots through the service, 46,358 were female and 38,471 male.

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Lhaimetog Exports and Imports under ACC radar

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has suspended the business operations and activities of Lhaimetog Exports and Imports based in Chubachu, Thimphu with immediate effect after finding a prima facie case of corruption. Kuensel learnt that the Lhaimetog Exports and Imports has reportedly evaded tax while exporting goods worth Nu 90 million …

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Trongsa receives 2,658 postal ballots so far

As of yesterday, the two constituencies of Trongsa received a total of 2,658 postal ballots, of which 778 were conventional postal ballots and 1,880 were facilitation ballots. Constituency-wise, Draagteng- Langthel received more postal ballots than Nubi-Tangsibji. The office of the Returning Officer in Draagteng- Langthel constituency received 1,361 postal ballots, of …

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Tshugla Lopen honoured

In recognition of his contributions towards Buddhism, the Tshugla Lopen Samten Dorji of the Central Monastic Body was honoured with the international Buddhist peace award last week in Bangkok, Thailand. He received the award from the Chairman of the World Buddhist Scout Council. At a separate event in Bangkok, the Tshugla Lopen was also …

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Pantang residents want Chamkharchu project to begin

A group of youth help roof a village elder’s temporary shed in Pantang

It’s just 6am but for a group of youth, mostly class 10 and 12 dropouts from Sangseri village in Phangkhar, Zhemgang, it’s time to discuss the day’s work. Few had even undergone vocational training and are now back in the locality. They gather near the village’s eco-lodge, the only place that has …

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Sarpang saw 4,265 postal voters at the facilitation booths

Three postal ballot facilitation booths were set up in Sarpang dzongkhag

A total of 4,265 postal voters have cast their ballots from Sarpang for the general election slated for October 18. According to the statistics released by the Election Commission of Bhutan, 83.14 percent of the total registered facilitation and mobile booth voters of 5,130 cast their ballots in the dzongkhag. …

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Lhuentse tops voter turnout in facilitation booths

Polling officials for 17 of the 33 polling stations in Lhuentse left for their respective polling stations yesterday. A total of 130 polling officials and 99 security officials are deployed for the poll day with 66 EVMs. The dzongkhag has 16,581 registered voters.

Lhuentse saw a 95.8 percent voter turnout at the postal ballot facilitation booths (FB), the highest among the dzongkhags. The dzongkhag saw 92 percent voter turnout in the primary round, also the highest in the country. Dzongkhag election officials attribute the outcome to the rigorous advocacy programme and the follow-up …

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Dogar priortises cardamom over election

Jab Tshering in his cardamom field in Dogar

While farmers in other parts of the country are harvesting paddy, those in Dogar village of Dophuchen (Dorokha), Samtse are engaged in their cardamom fields. Nozay Dukpa, 56 and her husband Jab Tshering, 73 are busy harvesting cardomon and election is not a priority for the couple. The couple has …

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Let’s change before it’s too late: DNT

DNT President Lotay Tshering (Photo: DNT Facebook)

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering quotes a Bhutanese saying to drive home the point he has been repeating in all his campaign meetings: “What took a long time to fill in drops, can be spilt in a fraction of a second.” If people are not careful, what has …

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We are optimistic: DPT

DPT President Pema Gyamtsho (Photo: DPT Facebook)

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is prepared to accept whatever mandate the electorate confers it with. After securing 30.9 percent of the total votes and winning 22 constituencies in the primary round, the final race for DPT is nearing the finishing line. The past 25 days has been a “roller …

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DNT president to end campaign in Thimphu

DNT president campaigns in Lunana yesterday

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa president Lotay Tshering will end his campaign for the Parliamentary elections 2018 in his constituency in Thimphu. Throughout the 2018 elections, he could not visit his constituency, he said and despite that the voters voted overwhelmingly in his favour. “Their support gives me the strength to reach …

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DPT to wrap up campaign in Mongar 

DPT president with the people of Nanong_Shumar in Pemagatshel yesterday

After campaigning in Nanong-Shumar, Pemagatshel, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president, Pema Gyamtsho met with the people of Nganglam yesterday. The president will move to Mongar today, where he will wrap up his campaign. Save for Zhemgang, the president has visited all the dzongkhags in a span of less than 25 …

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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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