Every vote counts

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The elec­tion fever is high in the air and all the can­di­dates are not leav­ing any stones un­turned to con­vince the vot­ers. Across the length and breadth of the coun­try all the vot­ers are blessed with pledges and prom­ises for the next five years.

The vot­ing at the postal fa­cil­i­ta­tion booth is over on Fri­day and about 82.9% of the vot­ers have cast their fran­chise. The reg­is­tered postal vot­ers of 102,363 which amount to about 30% of the to­tal reg­is­tered vot­ers had ex­er­cised their adult fran­chise through the postal fa­cil­i­ta­tion booth. These vot­ers are crit­i­cal in de­cid­ing which party will form the next gov­ern­ment.

A long queue at the postal fa­cil­i­ta­tion booth de­spite the scorch­ing sun proves that the voter’s turnout has been good this time. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan has ac­com­mo­dated more vot­ers in the postal bal­lot list this time en­abling more el­i­gi­ble vot­ers to vote through postal bal­lot.

Most of the booths have been op­er­at­ing be­yond their op­er­at­ing sched­ules. This in­di­cates the elec­torates had un­der­stood the value of tak­ing part in the demo­cratic process and getting the right can­di­date who can look into the wel­fare of the peo­ple and the na­tion.

As the vot­ing dates get nearer and nearer the two po­lit­i­cal par­ties seems des­per­ate and accusations and counter accusations are al­ready getting into our elec­tion process. The accusations on the so­cial me­dia have topped the list of com­plaints re­ceived by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan.

The ECB as per their wis­dom and power vested upon them has been very ju­di­cious in pro­vide fair treat­ment of the all cases re­ceived by them. Some of de­fault­ers have been rep­ri­manded and some of them have been slapped with penal­ties.

With about five days to go for the polls our vot­ers must have de­cided which party to vote. With highly un­pre­dictable vot­ers in the coun­try it will be dif­fi­cult even for the po­lit­i­cal pun­dits to pre­dict which party will win.

How­ever for all the vot­ers we must think of the party that will bring about over­all de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try, strengthen our se­cu­rity and sovereignty will be an ideal choice.

As we head to the polling booth we must vote for the right can­di­date and ful­fill our­selves as a wor­thy cit­i­zen. We will get chance to vote for the next gov­ern­ment in only five years, there­fore please vote wisely and not lament af­ter­wards.

Every vote counts and be a re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zen.

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