ECB ob­serves na­tional voter’s day

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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.

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