Second Local Govt. elections sucessfully held
The second phase of Local Government (LG) elections for 205 gewogs for the post of Gups, Mangmis and Tshogpas was conducted on September 27 this year.
The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) called for the second phase of LG elections on August 9. The tenure of the last LG competed on July 28.
The Thromde election of Samdrup Jongkhar for the post of Thrompon and Thromde Tshogpas was also conducted on September 27.
Two women Gups and 24 women Mangmis were elected during the second phase of LG elections. The overall voter turnout for LG elections was 55.8%.
On August 5, the Supreme Court (SC), for the first time issued a writ of mandamus to ECB to defer the elections of 16 dzongkhags and yenlag thromdes until a legal experts commission reviewed pertinent issues.
Writ is a form of written command issued to a court or other legal authority to act, or abstain from acting, in a particular way.
The SC writ stated that all the dzongkhag thromdes are unconstitutional expect for Thimphu. This is because all the dzongkhag thromdes have only six constituencies as per existing delimitations whereas the LG Act states that a minimum of a seven constituencies are required in each thromde.
The SC has also cancelled the election of Thromde Thuemis of Thimphu, Phuentsholing and Gelephu because their election to the post violates Article 22(6) of the Constitutions and Article 12 ofa the Elections Act.
The three Thromde elections of Thimphu, Gelephu and Phuentsholing were also conducted on January 25.