616 as­pir­ing can­di­dates to con­test for the 205 Gup post

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Dorji

About 906 as­pir­ing can­di­dates stood for the post of Gups at the Zom­dus at the chi­wog and vil­lage lev­els at the elec­tion held from 11 of Au­gust with the last Zom­dus held on 28th of Au­gust 2016.

A to­tal 0f 1,052 Zomdu were con­ducted by to­tal of 90 teams from the re­spec­tive Dzongkhag Elec­tion Author­ity in the 205 Gewogs and Sam­drup Jongkhar Thromde of the 20 Dzongkhag.

A to­tal of 101,060 vot­ers, which is just over 25% of the el­i­gi­ble voter pop­u­la­tion, turned out to par­tic­i­pate in the Zom­dus.

A to­tal of 906 of which 50 were fe­male and 856 were males stood for the Gup nom­i­na­tion at the Zom­dus where 616 con­sist­ing of 50 fe­male of 54% and 589 males of 69% were se­lected for the fi­nal round of elec­tion to be held on 27th of this month.

Sim­i­larly, for the Mangmi post, a to­tal of 962 of which 122 were fe­male and 804 were males as­pir­ing can­di­dates stood for the nom­i­na­tion out of which 654 of 78 fe­male of 64% and 576 males which con­sti­tutes 72% were se­lected.

In Sam­drup Jongkhar Thromde , one fe­male and 2 male as­pir­ing can­di­dates out of which 1 fe­male and 1 male were se­lected to the con­test for the post of Thrompon.

A to­tal of 22 Zom­dus saw as­pir­ing can­di­dates be­ing re­jected with more “No” votes than “Yes” vote with the neg­a­tive vot­ing for 3 fe­males and 19 males, there was a to­tal of 5 case of tied re­sult where re-elec­tion had to be held. The se­lected can- di­dates for the Gup, Mangmi and Thrompon post are ex­pected to file their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers to the con­cern re­turn­ing of­fi­cer by 31st of Au­gust 2016 along with the re­spec­tive Tshogpa can­di­dates.

The Se­cu­rity of the nom­i­na­tion paper will be car­ried out on 1st of Septem­ber with the last date of with­drawal and start­ing of elec­tion cam­paign on 3rd of Septem­ber 2016. A dis­pute each has been ap­pealed to the cen­tral dis­pute set­tle­ment body from Sam­drup Jongkhar Thromde and Loong-Nyi Ge­wog of Paro Dzong- khag.

As per the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan a com­mon con­cern ap­peared to be on no postal bal­lot fa­cil­ity in the Zomdu process. The gen­eral pub­lic may like to note that for the postal bal­lot process, it is nec­es­sary for the can­di­dates to be al­ready se­lected and known whereas it is only dur­ing the Zom­dus that the can­di­dates are first known and se­lected by the elec­torate. This is why, the postal bal­lot is not pos­si­ble in Zomdu and it is not a mat­ter of mere in­con­ve­nience.

All set for go: All 58 Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers in 20 Dzongkhags ready­ing the postal bal­lot pack­aged to be dis­patched to the in­di­vid­ual’s postal vot­ers who had ap­plied to ex­er­cise own fran­chise rights and par­tic­i­pate in sec­ond lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion 2016. Yes­ter­day was the last date for the re­ceipt of the ap­pli­ca­tion for postal bal­lot for reg­is­tered postal bal­lot vot­ers.

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