Op­er­a­tion of fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths be­gin

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The op­er­a­tion of postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths started from yesterday across the coun­try and will last till Sun­day.

A to­tal of 97,870 peo­ple have reg­is­tered for the postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booth out of 133,795 reg­is­tered vot­ers for postal bal­lot.

The head of the postal bal­lot unit of Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan (ECB), Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing said that the num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers for postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths has in­creased as com­pared to the Na­tional Coun­cil elec­tions this year.

A to­tal of 60,590 peo­ple had reg­is­tered for postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths and mo­bile booths in NC elec­tions this year.

Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing said that there are 65

fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths set up across the coun­try and 13 mo­bile booths.

Thim­phu has the high­est num­ber of fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths with 12 while Gasa and Haa has one each.

Dur­ing the NC elec­tions this year, there were 67 booths.

Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing said that the num­ber this time aof the booths were not re­quired. How­ever, he said in Thim­phu two ad­di­tional booths were set up since it re­quired more num­ber of vot­ers have reg­is­tered.

In the NC elec­tions this year, only 10 booths were set up in Thim­phu.

How­ever, un­like the NC elec­tions when the postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths re­mained open from 9am till 5pm, the time has been ex­tended to 7pm.

“It is more con­ve­nient for of­fice work­ers that way,” said Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing adding that peo­ple can vote af­ter of­fice as well.

The to­tal num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers for NA elec­tions is 438,663 of which 224,550 are fe­male and 214,113 male. From this, 31,267 are reg­is­tered as con­ven­tional postal vot­ers and 4,658 as spe­cial needs postal vot­ers.

The poll day for the pri­mary round of Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions is on Septem­ber 15.

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