616 aspiring candidates to contest for the 205 Gup post
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.