Par­tic­i­pate in Chi­wog zom­dus wisely

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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