Voters gear up for postal facilitation booths
As the massive facilitation booth voting begins, thousands of eligible voters casted their votes for the 2018 National Assembly primary election.
The facilitation booth is open for three consecutive days from 7 for the voters to cast their votes. The booths are open from 9- am to 7- pm.
Of the total 438,663 registered voters in the country, 102,528 opted to vote through 65 facilitation booths across the country. Thimphu has the highest facilitation booths at 12 with over 35,500 registered postal voters.
The various facilitation booths in Thimphu includes at Kawajangsa in Democracy House, YDF, Dechencholing, Changjiji, Royal Thimphu College and Changlimithang parking among others.
With the initiative, all eligible voters can choose to vote in person by special ballot at their facilitation boot.
The Election Commission of Bhutan ( ECB) initiated facilitation booth to the eligible vot- ers to avail of the facility without having go to the constituency on poll day.
The ECB is also operating mobile facilitation booth services for prisoners and people living with disabilities and to their dependents. Mobile facilitation booths are provided as special service for those with special needs.
It is aimed at providing equal access for people with disabilities and to experience how free and fair election are being conducted by ECB particularly for people living with disabilities in Bhutan.
Besides, it is also to create a unique platform for election commission to learn about the necessary assistance required by the individual living with disabilities to exercise their franchise.
Disabled Persons' Association of Bhutan ( DPAB) also encourages the registered voters of people with disabilities and their dependents who are eligible for casting postal ballot to come and vote.
With the large number of people choosing the method to vote, the election commission has increased the facilita- tion booths. According to the ECB, the number of postal voters has increased significantly for the National Assembly elections compared to the recent National Council elections.
No electronic voting machines ( EVMs) are used. However, they must carry their Voter Photo Identity Card ( VPIC) and produce it at the facilitation both.
The voters include public servants, graduates and students in 20 dzongkhags. The poll day for the NA primary round is on September 15.