North Thim­phu by-elec­tion on 4 Novem­ber

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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.

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