Participate in Chiwog zomdus wisely
The Chiwog zomdus to elect the representatives for the local government is in full swings for the second phase of the local government election. The aspiring candidates are making all efforts to woe the voters to vote for them.
The election commission of Bhutan has announced the date for local government on 27th of next month. The election will be conducted for the 205 Gewogs and Samdrup Jongkher Thromde.
The Supreme Court’s writ ordered the ECB to defer the elections of the 16 Dzongkhag Thromdes and 20 Yenlag Thromdes until issues are reviewed by a committee of legal experts. The writ also asked for the removal of the post of Thromde Thuemis of Thimphu, Phuentsholing and Gelephu.
The Supreme Court has ordered the abolishment of the post of thromde thuemi of Samdrupjongkhar. However, the election for the post of thrompon and thromde tshogde tshogpas will be held.
ECB has carried out the preparatory activities and has conducted training of trainers for senior dzongkhag, dungkhag and gewog officials on the election procedures and electoral processes. ECB officials said the officials have carried out two rounds of training right at the chiwog level.
The comprehensive voter education and training programme, the Bhutan Electoral Education and Training Strategy (BEETS) for LG elections, was carried out in all the dzongkhags to prepare the voters to take part in the elections effectively. A particular focus was given to ensure that the voters are well aware of their demkhongs where they will be voting or standing as a candidate.
An awareness programme for the eligible postal voter and their registration was carried out for agencies concerned. All postal voters are being notified and informed to take careful note of the schedule for the LG election which has been issued and to ensure that their postal ballots are marked properly and on time.
The Functional Literacy Test (FLT) certificate is an important document to contest for the LG elections. Therefore, the ECB having received many applications for FLT from the dzongkhags for LG election facilitated the interested candidates by conducting three rounds of FLT for the second LG elections.
The nationwide zomdus for the selection of candidates for the post of gup and mangmi, and Samdrupjongkhar thromde has was started on 10 August. The election campaigns will begin on 3 September and continue until 25 September.
The zomdu were called by the dzongkhag electoral authority for the purpose of selecting candidates to contest in the elections.
The ECB has already urged all voters to participate actively in the zomdu process in the chiwog while selecting nominee.
As the part of the election process zomdues in the chiwogs are important and voters mustparticipate wisely.