More num­bers of male voted through fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths

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Ato­tal of 79,515 peo­ple voted through postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths set up across the coun­try for the pri­mary round of the 2018 National As­sem­bly elec­tions.

With 79,515 postal vot­ers turn­ing up to cast their bal­lots at the postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion and mo­bile booths from Septem­ber 7-9, the coun­try saw a voter turnout of 77.55 per­cent. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan (ECB) had set up 65 fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths and 18 mo­bile booths in eight Dzongkhags across the coun­try and re­mained opened for three days from Septem­ber 7 till 9.

A press re­lease from the ECB states that out of the 102,531 reg­is­tered postal vot­ers for the fa­cil­i­ta­tion and mo­bile booths 35,462 male and 44,053 fe­male turned up to cast their votes and 4,658 are spe­cial needs postal vot­ers.

Of the to­tal 438,663 reg­is­tered vot­ers, 102,531 postal vot­ers opted for vot­ing through fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths. Of the to­tal reg­is­tered postal vot­ers, 97,833 are fa­cil­i­ta­tion booth postal vot­ers and also the elec­tion com­mis­sion op­er­ated mo­bile fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths for 4,658 peo­ple with spe­cial needs and pris­on­ers.

Lhuentse Dzongkhag saw the high­est voter turnout at 91.89 per cent. Of the to­tal 947 reg­is­tered postal vot­ers, 895 turned up to cast their votes. Thim­phu saw the low­est voter turnout at 70.88 per cent. 25,197 vot­ers out of 35,553 came to ex­er­cise their adult fran­chise. Out of the to­tal vot­ers, the male voter turnouts were slightly lesser than women voter turnout. Out of the to­tal 46,548 reg­is­tered male vot­ers the turnout was 76.18 per­cent which was only 35,462 male vot­ers while out of to­tal fe­male vot­ers of 55, 983 at the fa­cil­i­ta­tion and mo­bile booths saw 78.69 per­cent which was 44,053 fe­male vot­ers, which was higher than male vot­ers. How­ever the fe­male vot­ers who did not turn up to the vote is also higher than male vot­ers.

In the three days the fa­cil­i­ta­tion and mo­bile booths were op­er­ated, how­ever a to­tal of 11,930 fe­male vot­ers, against 11,086 male postal vot­ers did not turn up to cast their postal votes.

As per the pro­ce­dure, the postal bal­lots cast was handed over at the end of each day to Bhutan Post for de­liv­ery to re­spec­tive Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers for count­ing on the Poll Day, states the press re­lease.

The press re­lease fur­ther states, “The to­tal num­ber of Postal Bal­lot En­velopes at the end of each day were counted and crossed checked against the Elec­toral Roll Search Sys­tem (ERSS) used in the booths to en­sure that the num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers ver­i­fied against the ERSS and is­sued Postal Bal­lots match the num­ber of Postal Bal­lot En­velopes handed over to Bhutan Post to en­sure there are no mis­takes or er­rors of any kind in the process.” The over­all voter turnout was 77.55 per cent.

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