Cast your vote for the right can­di­date

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

About 7,300 reg­is­tered vot­ers will go for the polls to­mor­row for the post of Thrompon and Thromde Tshogpa and Thromde Thuemis. There are about 19 polling sta­tions in the three Dzongkhag Thromdes of Thim­phu, Phuentshogling and Gele­phu. The ra­tio of the male to fe­male vot­ers is about 54% and 46% as per the fi­nal elec­toral list re­leased by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan.

As per the sec­tion 329 of the Elec­tion Act of the King­dom of Bhutan, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan has de­clared 25th of Jan­uary as pub­lic hol­i­day. As per the no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by ECB all the of­fices and busi­ness in th­ese Thromdes will re­main closed.

The Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Affairs has an­nounced that due to the Thromde elec­tions of Geleg­phu and Phuentshogling on the 25th of Jan­uary, 2015 the in­ter­na­tional bor­der will re­main closed from 6PM to­day till 6PM to­mor­row.

In Thim­phu a lone con­tes­tant Kin­ley Dorji will con­test for the post of the Thrompon. As the vot­ers have to press yes and no it will be easy for the vot­ers to de­cide their next mayor. His pledges in­clude the con­struc­tion of 16 hous­ing units for the low in­come work­ers, com­plete ren­o­va­tion of Changangkha Lhakhang and re­lo­ca­tion of meat shops to the cen­te­nary farm­ers mar­ket. He also pledge for an ini­ti­ate pub­lic part­ner­ship in waste, wa­ter, in­fra­struc­ture and park­ing man­age­ment.

In Phuentshogling Tsheten Dorji a thrompon can­di­date has been dis­qual­i­fied by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan last Fri­day. He pos­sessed a valid trade li­cense as of date of fil­ing nom­i­na­tion which is in con­tra­dic­tion to the Sec­tion 163 of the Elec­tion Act of the King­dom of Bhutan, 2008. As such the vot­ers in Phuentshogling Thromde will now also have to press yes and no for their lone can­di­date Ut­tar Ku­mar Rai.

The sit­u­a­tion in Geleleg­phu is more com­fort­able with three can­di­dates con­test­ing for the post of Mayor. Hasta B Gu­rung for­mer di­rec­tor with the depart­ment of na­tional li­brary and ar­chives, Tsh­er­ing Norbu an IT grad­u­ate from Sherubtse Col­lege from Tashiling Demkhong and Tikaram Kafley a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer with the Gele­phu Thromde will be rac­ing for the post of Thrompon. The main causes of con­cerns are the se­cu­rity, the road net works and the pub­lic ser­vice de­liv­er­ies. The three of the con­test­ing seems to be al­ready pitch­ing for the above is­sues.

Now with al­most only few hours left for the elec­tion and all the reg­is­tered vot­ers are ad­vised to carry their voter photo iden­tity card and cit­i­zen­ship card while go­ing to the polling sta­tions.

As the vot­ers cast their vote just re­mem­ber the can­di­date who is fit for the post and never waste your fran­chise given by your King.

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