ECB observes national voter’s day
The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) celebrated the fourth National Voter’s Day (NVD) on 15th of September 2017 on the theme “Mission 2018: Participation By All In The 3rd Parliamentary Elections” in all 20 Dzongkhags. While the main function was held in Gelephug under Sarpang Dzongkhag , all Dzongkhags and Democracy Clubs also observed the day.
The primary objective of the day is to enthuse the citizenry and encourage them to engage meaningfully in the democratic process. This year, as the Election Commission of Bhutan shifts its focus to the Parliamentary Election 2018, this national event – National voter’s Day – gives platform to renew afresh our commitment to the Vibrant Democracy Envisioned by our Visionary Monarchs and enshrined in our Constitution.
In a statement issued on the occasion of the fourth national voter’s day the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Chogyal D. Rigdzin said that the Election Commission is shifting its focus to the parliamentary election 2018, this national event – National Voters’ Day – gives platform to renew afresh our commitment to the vibrant democracy envisioned by our visionary monarchs and enshrined in our Constitution.
He said that in 2016 the second local government elections were successfully conducted. It may be noted that a total of 3,417 candidates contested the local government election with 1,439 being elected to various local government offices.
“The year 2018 will once again see the Bhutanese Voters participate in the 3rd Parliamentary Election and mark 10 years since the historic first Parliamentary Elections and the endorsement of The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.”
He urged each and every Bhutanese voters to participate in the 2018 elections not only to exercise the rights, but indeed as an opportunity to fulfill the sacred and natural responsibility through heartfelt “Tshornang” and congratulated the newly registered youth voters who will be voting for the first time in the Parliamentary Election 2018 and received their voter photo identity card during the celebration.
In a special message to the youth the CEC encourage them to participate and prove themselves as responsible citizens who showed up and played their part.
The planned activities for the day included awarding of voter photo identity cards (VPIC) to those newly turned 18-years of age, mitsi transfer and re-issue to old voters, administration of the voter’s pledge; youth speak, party forum for representatives of the registered political party; and elocution programme, poster competition etc. highlighting the importance of voting,
The National Voter’s Day is a call to all voters to remind them of the importance and central role and responsibility of a voter in a democratic society: a society governed through the freely expressed will of the people as enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
The Election Commission of Bhutan has already begun its activities towards the Parliamentary Election 2018. Each of the 20 Dzongkhag Election offices has developed individual action plans to increase voter turnout and will be implementing the activities in the coming months. The ECB will soon be conducting seminars for the aspiring and interested candidates to prepare them to contest the National Council Elections.
The CEC attended the 4th National Voter’s Day function in Wangbama Central School under Thimphu Dzongkhag while the Election Commissioner Deki Pema graced the occasion in Gelephu under Sarpang Dzongkhag.
The Chief Election Commissioner Chogyal D. Rigdzin in a message to the youth encourage them to participate and prove themselves as responsible citizens who showed up and played their part.