More numbers of male voted through facilitation booths
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.