84,829 voters vote in facilitation booths for general round of elections
A total of 84,829 voters have voted through the postal ballot facilitation booths that were set up across the country for the general round of third parliamentary elections from Wednesday till yesterday evening.
The voters comprise 38,471 male voters and 46,358 female voters, who have voted through the facilitation booths. Meanwhile, of the total 134,004 registered postal voters, 102,363 have opted for postal ballot facilitation booth voting.
With an overall voter turnout of 82.87 percent, the voter turnout in facilitation booths has increased as compared to the primary round of elections. However, the registered voters opting for facilitation booths have decreased as compared to the primary round of elections.
The head of the postal ballot unit of the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), NamgayTshering said there is a slight decrease in voters opting for facilitation booths as compared
to thr primary round of elections mainly because some of the voters had deregistered for postal ballot since they wanted to vote through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and some voters have opted for conventional postal ballot.
He added that during the primary round of elections, graduates who were attending the National Graduate Orientation Program had registered for the facilitation booths and later they could not vote since the program was completed and they were back to their place. Now they have deregistered from the facilitation booths and they will be voting through EVMs.
During the primary round of elections, a total of 79,515 voters voted through the postal ballot facilitation booths.
Lhuentse Dzongkhag saw the highest voter turnout at 91.89 percent. Of the total 947 registered postal voters, 895 turned up to cast their votes.
Thimphu saw the lowest voter turnout at 70.88 percent. 25,197 voters out of the total 35,553 came to exercise their adult franchise. The overall voter turnout was 77.55 percent. Of the total 438,663 registered voters, 102,531 postal voters opted for voting through facilitation booths for the primary round of elections.
Meanwhile, for the general round of elections, 65 facilitation booths remained opened for three days from October 10 till 12.
Thimphu alone has about 35,304 voters registered for facilitation booth voting of which 19,877 are female and 15,427 male. The capital city also has the highest number of facilitation booths at 12.
Meanwhile, the ECB also operated mobile facilitation booths for people with special needs and prisoners.
There are a total of 438,663 registered voters in the country as per the record maintained by ECB.
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