Choose the right can­di­date

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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 Au­gust with the last Zom­dus held on 28 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 per­cent 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 54per­cent and 589 males of 69 per­cent were se­lected for the fi­nal round of elec­tion to be held on 27th of this month.

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 his­toric LG Elec­tion 2016. The last day for sub­mis­sion of postal bal­lot ap­pli­ca­tion ended yes­ter­day.

The fi­nal elec­toral roll, after due in­cor­po­ra­tion of changes re­ceived from the Dzongkhags dur­ing the “Claims and Ob­jec­tions” pe­riod from 20th to 30th of July 2016, has a to­tal of 402,089 vot­ers of which 205,219 are fe- males and 196,870 are males as on 1st of July 2016, the qual­i­fy­ing date for the sec­ond phase of sec­ond lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions 2016.

Out of the to­tal reg­is­tered vot­ers in the coun­try, 78,218 have reg­is­tered as Postal Vot­ers for the Sec­ond Phase of Sec­ond Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions 2016. How­ever the nos ap­ply­ing for the postal bal­lot may be lesser than that and the will miss the chance to vote in per­son also.

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.

The se­cu­rity of the nom­i­na­tion paper has been car­ried out on 1st of Septem­ber with the last date of with­drawal of can­di­da­ture ended yes­ter­day with the start­ing of elec­tion cam­paign. A dis­pute each has been ap­pealed to the cen­tral dis­pute set­tle­ment body from Sam­drup Jongkhar Thromde and Loong- Nyi Ge­wog of Paro Dzongkhag.

The last date for re­ceipt of ap­pli­ca­tion for postal bal­lot by the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer is on the 26th of Septem­ber 2016 be­fore 5 PM and the na­tion will go on polls on the 27th of this month. The poll day on the 27th of Septem­ber 2016 shall be de­clared as na­tional hol­i­day in the 20 Dzngkhags.

Now with all set for the sec­ond phase of sec­ond lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion it be­come a sa­cred re­spon­si­bil­ity to caste our vote for the right can­di­date.

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