Voter turnout in­creases by al­most 40k

Business Bhutan - - Elections 2018 - Yen­ten Thin­ley from Thim­phu

Druk Yul elected its Na­tional Coun­cil (NC) mem­bers yes­ter­day.

The to­tal voter turnout on NC polls 2018 was 234, 535 in­clud­ing 64, 912 postal bal­lots.

This was an in­crease of al­most 40,000 votes from 2013. In 2013, 171,504 cast their votes through Elec­tronic Vot­ing Ma­chine (EVM) and 23,967 through postal bal­lot: a to­tal of 195, 471.

A to­tal of 432,030 vot­ers reg­is­tered for NC 2018 of which 211,149 were male and 220,881 fe­male. In 2013, there were 379,819 reg­is­tered vot­ers of which 187,020 were male and 192,799 were fe­male.

How­ever, there was voter turnout of only 80,307 for males and 89,316 for fe­males in 2018. Postal voter turnout com­prised 38,419 for males and 26,493 for fe­males.

Out of 60,590 (30,001 fe­male and 30,589 male) reg­is­tered postal vot­ers for the postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion and mo­bile booths, a grand to­tal of 42,441 (20,637 fe­male and 21,804 male) turned out to cast their vote on April 12-14.

A to­tal of 699: 65 fe­male and 634 male cast their vote in nine mo­bile fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths and the rest in the 69 fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths in the 20 dzongkhags with over­all voter turnout of 70%.

Trashigang had the high­est num­ber of vot­ers with nearly 47,000, this year while Gasa had the low­est num­ber of vot­ers with 2,000.

This year, 127 can­di­dates con­tested in the NC elec­tions while in 2013, there were 67 can­di­dates.

Vot­ers along with their voter iden­tity cards wait to vote.

A voter be­ing frisked be­fore be­ing al­lowed en­try to vote at the Kawang gewog RNR polling sta­tion.

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