Nyam­rup wants sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of vot­ing from the place of res­i­dence

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The Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa wants the vot­ers to vote from their place of res­i­dence in or­der to in­crease the vot­ers turn out so that ev­ery vote de­ter­mines the gov­ern­ment and the lead­er­ship.

As per the press re­lease from the party it has been pointed that the present sys­tem of vot­ing is in­con­ve­nient to a large num­ber of vot­ers who re­side away from their place of reg­is­tra­tion and are in­el­i­gi­ble for postal bal­lot. Even where postal bal­lot fa­cil­ity is avail­able, fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis re­veals that it is more ex­pen­sive and in ad­di­tion is sus­cep­ti­ble to be­ing ma­nip­u­lated (when voter is il­lit­er­ate, un­aware of pol­i­tics/is­sues) and fraud.

The ini­tia­tive to re­view the Elec­tion Act and im­prove elec­toral sys­tem is timely and an op­por­tune mo­ment to im­ple­ment ab­sen­tee in-per­son vot­ing from Dzongkhag of res­i­dence which has a num­ber of ad­van­tages which in­cludes in­crease voter turnout and pre­vent the risk of form­ing non in­clu­sive gov­er­nance. With less than 50% of the vot­ers de­ter­min­ing gov­ern­ment and lead­er­ship is risk es­pe­cially to a young democ­racy like ours. The sys­tem of in-coun­try postal bal­lot which is ex­pen­sive has high rate of re­jec­tion, and are sub­jected to ma­nip­u­la­tion and crit­i­cism. All vot­ers cast their vote on Elec­tion Day (or few days prior to Elec­tion Day if con­ve­nient) in­stead of postal bal­lots which are cast weeks in ad­vance. De­crease po­ten­tial for po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion with un­fair ad­van­tage taken by Par­ties with more funds and re­sources. Un­re­stricted ab­sen­tee in-per­son vot­ing fa­cil­ity pro­vided to all vot­ers as op­posed to only el­i­gi­ble vot­ers for postal bal­lot. This is a fairer sys­tem. De­crease vot­ing ex­penses (travel and mis­cel­la­neous) for vot­ers in­el­i­gi­ble to vote by postal bal­lot Strengthen democ­racy by be­ing more in­clu­sive and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­nity for vot­ers to be more aware of vot­ing process and re­duce the over­all cost of elec­tions.

The tech­nol­ogy re­quired for im­ple­ment­ing this fa­cil­ity is eas­ily avail­able and some­thing that can be built in-coun­try. We are con­fi­dent that im­ple­ment­ing such a sys­tem will not only help vot­ers and the ECB, but will greatly ease the process of vot­ing and will be one more step to­wards achiev­ing the unique democ­racy that our vi­sion­ary lead­ers gifted the coun­try.

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