Ev­ery vote counts

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The Elec­tion com­mis­sion of Bhutan had put lots of ef­fort to ed­u­cate and give aware­ness to the vot­ers re­lated to the elec­tions around the coun­try; how­ever, much needs to do.

Peo­ple from all walk of life at­tend the pro­gram as to cast their vote is their right. On the other hand, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan needs to fo­cus es­pe­cially for the old aged per­son as they don’t un­der­stand what the elec­tion means. Many youths re­sid­ing in the ur­ban ar­eas do not care about vot­ing.

Those peo­ple who are lit­er­ate and know about the elec­tion needs to take some re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to ed­u­cate those il­lit­er­ate and younger gen­er­a­tions.

Voter ed­u­ca­tion should in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on when, where and how to reg­is­ter to vote be­cause many of vot­ers fail to do and at last rush to the polling sta­tion with­out hav­ing any clue. There are in­stances that some vot­ers are not able to vote be­cause they failed to get their voter iden­tity card.

The re­sult of the third par­liamne­tary pri­mary round of elec­tion saw a over­all voter turnout at 66.36% which is a good, it could be bet­ter.

While sig­nif­i­cant nos of postal bal­lots be­ing re- jected dur­ing the pri­mary round of elec­tions shows con­cerns that some­thing is wrong some­where. Most of the bal­lots were re­jected due to the fill­ing of wrongs de­tails of the voter’s or putting the se­cret bal­lot on the wrong en­ve­lope.

With the third round of elec­tion all regis­tered vot­ers must take the re­spon­si­bil­ity to put the cor­rect de­tails and mak­ing sure that you ticked the right can­di­date. With the in­crease in the voter’s aware­ness pro­gram through var­i­ous me­dia, voter’s re­spon­si­bil­ity in­creases.

In democ­racy the ma­jor­ity wins the race and with lim­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion from the vot­ers the whole process of elec­toral vot­ing is de­feated and much of the gov­ern­ment re­sources is gone down the drain.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths had seen lesser nos of postal bal­lot be­ing re­jected as the polling of­fi­cials help in get­ting the job done at the polling sta­tions. Vot­ers may opt for this sys­tem to avoid re­jected of your se­cret bal­lots.

As the coun­try pre­pares for the gen­eral round and most of the postal bal­lots might be on the way now. Af­ter we re­ceived the bal­lots please make sure we fill the right de­tails and sent it back prop­erly.

Be a wise cit­i­zenry as ev­ery vote counts

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