84,829 vot­ers vote in fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths for gen­eral round of elec­tions

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Dechen Dolkar from Thim­phu

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.

Bhutan’s first fes­ti­val to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship and in­tel­li­gent busi­ness ti­tled ‘Druk Tshon­grig Ga­toen’ will be held over three days from Oc­to­ber 25-27, where lo­cal en­trepreneurs will also fea­ture their prod­ucts and ser­vices.

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