North Thimphu by-election on 4 November
The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has notified that the North-Thimphu by-election will be held on 4 November to fill the vacant post for the National Assembly constituency.
The former North-Thimphu MP Kinga Tshering resigned in August to pursue higher studies at Harvard University in the US leaving the seat vacant.
The people of NorthThimphu will cast votes for one of the two candidates in the by-election - 33-yearold Tshering from Kawang of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Kesang, 26, also from Kawang of the Druk Phunsum Tshogpa (DPT).
The constituency consists of North-Thimphu Thromde, Kawang, Lingzhi, Naro and Soe. The election campaign begins from 14 October.
ECB has notified that a candidate eligible to contest this by-election shall be a registered member of the Ruling Party or the Opposition Party before the election period of the by-election as provided under section 209(b) of the Election Act 2008.
A registered voter who is born after 30 September 1951 and before 30 September 1991 will be deemed to meet the maximum age requirement of 65 years for nomination to be a candidate for the by-election.
A candidate whose nomination had been duly accepted by the Returning officer for the first parliamentary elections need not produce scrutiny of the nominations unless specifically instructed by an election authority.
The Dzongkhag Election office in Thimphu will continue to distribute the voter photo identity card (VPIC) to those who were unable to collect it earlier even up to the poll day.
According to ECB, the election code of conduct continues to be in force from 7 October until 4 November 2016. And all election officers, candidates and voters must comply with the election code of conduct.
A door-to-door election campaign cannot be conducted after 6-pm and before 6-am. “Any additional public meeting, door-to-door campaign or rallies shall be subject to the provisions of laws,” ECB has stated.
A supporter or a representative cannot use any title, insignia or symbol during the election campaign and the campaign must stop 48 hours before the hour fixed for com- mencement of poll.
The religious or government events involving public gathering cannot be organized or conducted during the by-election period in the Demkhong, according to ECB.
No one is allowed to carry any arm or weapon, audio, photo, video and recording device in and around a polling station on the poll day except those who are authorized.
The poll will be conducted in a total of 14 Polling Stations and the Electronic Voting machine will be used for polling in all the polling stations by ECB.
The voting hours starts from 9-am until 4-pm.