Voter turnout at 82.87% in postal facilitation and mobile booth
The three days postal ballot facilitation and mobile booths voting saw a high turnout of 82.87% held from October 10 to 12 in 65 booths across 20 Dzongkhags.
There were total 102363 registered postal voters, of which 46598 were male and 55765 female. The Lhuentse Dzongkhag recorded highest voter turnout at 95.77% followed by Tsirang at 94.12. the lowest was recorded at Thimphu at 80.14% and Paro at 80.16%.
According to Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), the postal ballots cast were, as per the procedure, handed over to Bhutan Post at the end of each day for delivery to respective Returning Officers for counting on the Poll Day, October 18.
“The total number of postal ballot envelopes were 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,” according to ECB.
ECB press release stated that both the parties had been invited and reminded of their right to appoint representatives to observe and witness the process.