Third NC elec­tions to cost Nu 250mn

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The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan (ECB) has al­lo­cated a to­tal es­ti­mated bud­get of Nu 250mn for the Na­tional Coun­cil (NC) elec­tions 2018.

Ini­tially, 142 as­pir­ing coun­cil can­di­dates reg­is­tered for the sem­i­nars that ECB con­ducted re­cently to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on the key le­gal frame­work and other nec­es­sary re­quired doc­u­ments to par­tic­i­pate as can­di­dates in the elec­tions.

As per ECB records, eight ad­di­tional as­pir­ing coun­cil can­di­dates have reg­is­tered tak­ing the cur­rent num­ber of coun­cil as­pi­rants to 150.

How­ever, an ECB of­fi­cial said that the record held true for as­pir­ing can­di­dates for the con­duct of sem­i­nars.

“Those in­ter­ested can still pre­pare and turn up at

DhamN­goi Zomdu which is con­ducted after is­suance of no­ti­fi­ca­tion call­ing the elec­tions,” said the of­fi­cial adding that at the mo­ment the com­mis­sion is re­view­ing the cam­paign fund for the can­di­dates.

In 2013, the coun­cil elec­tions cost Nu 148.513mn and cam­paign fund­ing amounted to Nu 17.38mn. In to­tal, 67 can­di­dates con­tested for the coun­cil elec­tions then.

In 2008, the coun­cil elec­tions cost Nu 99.49mn and the cam­paign, Nu 5.2mn. In to­tal, 52 can­di­dates con­tested for the first coun­cil elec­tions.

The com­mis­sion has al­ready in­formed the public on the re­quire­ments of the can­di­dates to con­test in the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Elec­tion ma­te­ri­als are also be­ing pro­cured and will soon be dis­patched to the dzongkhag elec­tion of­fices.

The ECB is also re­view­ing ar­range­ments re­lated to public de­bates, postal bal­lots, hu­man re­source de­ploy­ment, polling sta­tions, me­dia ar­bi­tra­tor’s of­fice, public elec­tion cam­paign fund.

Strate­gies aimed to in­crease voter turnout in the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions are al­ready be­ing im­ple­mented across the dzongkhags.

Ac­cord­ing to ECB au­thor­i­ties, as­pir­ing can­di­dates may ini­ti­ate preparatory ac­tiv­i­ties as re­quired un­der the law after the reg­is­tra­tion process is com­pleted.

All those in­ter­ested have been ad­vised to en­sure Mitsi reg­is­tra­tion in con­stituency of choice and pre­pare to par­tic­i­pate as vot­ers, can­di­dates and po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

The cur­rent NC mem­bers’ of­fice ends on May 9 and the third NC will be re­con­sti­tuted on May 10.

The coun­cil elec­tions is sched­uled from Fe­bru­ary to May next year.

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A Bhutanese guard frisks vot­ers at a polling sta­tion in Phuen­tisil­ing con­stituency, some 45kms from the Indo-Bhutan bor­der, 31 De­cem­ber 2007.

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