Who is responsible for that?
The second phase of three Thromdes was conducted successfully last week with voters turnout of less that 40%. The election was peaceful and there were not much of any hiccups.
Now each three Thromdes will have Thrompon (Mayor) and the Thromde Thuemi each. Besides that, each thromde will also have Tshogpa for different Demkhong. But for some Demkhong, the post for Tshogpa left vacant. This is because there is no candidate or the contesting candidate has secure more “NO” during the voting day as there was only a single candidate contesting for the post.
If there is a candidate, the Election Commission will conduct election along with the second phase of the Local Government Elections in the twenty Dzongkhags sometimes in June this year. Election for the phase three will be in July and finally the phase four will be in November this year.
But the phase four of the Second Local Government Elections are inevitable due to differing dates of completing term in office.
For upcoming elections, all stakeholders and interested candidate are to prepare the necessary papers required for nomination purpose and take the functional literacy test which is going to be held in April 2016 in the Dzongkhags. Also all are urged to identify and motivate potential candidates to prepare for contesting the elections.
During the pool day, the voter turnout for the three Thromde elections was 60.48 percent in Gelephu, 62.75 percent in Phuntsholing and 31.01 percent in Thimphu.
Besides that, the nomination of one candidate in Phuntsholing Thromde had to be rejected as she was under age during the time of nomination and also ECB had cancelled the nomination of one Thrompon candidate for false declaration of document and the holding of a non- permissible valid business license at the time of filing nomination.
With the second local government election for the three Thromdes over, we have gained some more experience for the next round of election. The voters turn out was about 36.72% and as we recon over selves and just wonder where were the 63.28 % of the voters during that day.
There were issues like the voters going to the wrong polling stations or voters coming to cast their votes without the voter photo identity cards. As almost 8 years has already passed and we are still sorting these basic things out.
A serious thought on the voter education needs to be pondered and whose responsibility it is to educate them. Is the responsibility falls only to the Election Commission or any other organizations? As a responsible citizen it becomes the responsibility of each individuals to educate the sacred responsibility to cast the vote.