Sec­ond Lo­cal Govt. elec­tions sucess­fully held

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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.

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