Who is re­spon­si­ble for that?

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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