Nyamrup wants simplification of voting from the place of residence
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.