More than 42,000 cast votes in fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths for NC

Business Bhutan - - Elections 2018 - Dechen Dolkar from Thim­phu

A to­tal of 42,441 reg­is­tered vot­ers cast their votes at the postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths set up across the coun­try for the Na­tional Coun­cil (NC) elec­tions from April 12-14.

Of this, 20,637 were fe­male and 21,804, male. A to­tal of 60,590 had reg­is­tered for the postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion and mo­bile booths while 88,915 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers reg­is­tered for the postal bal­lot ser­vices.

Sixty nine fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths were set up across the coun­try.

A to­tal of 699 reg­is­tered vot­ers cast their vote in nine mo­bile fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths of which 65 were fe­male and 634, male.

The over­all voter turnout of was 70%.

The voter turnout was high­est at Lhuntse with 81% fol­lowed by Bumthang with 80% while Pema­gat­shel saw the low­est with 62%.

Though the Thim­phu had the high­est reg­is­tered vot­ers for postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booth with 15,737, the postal voter turnout was only 63%.

A to­tal of 469 booth of­fi­cials were ap­pointed to serve at the 69 postal bal­lot fa­cil­i­ta­tion booths and nine mo­bile booths with 77 in­de­pen­dent ob­servers, in ad­di­tion to the process ob­ser­va­tion by na­tional and mi­cro ob­servers across the coun­try.

The postal bal­lots cast were, as per pro­ce­dure, handed over at the end of each day to Bhutan Post for de­liv­ery to re­spec­tive Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers for count­ing on the poll day which fell yes­ter­day. 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 were the same as the num­ber of postal bal­lot en­velopes handed over to Bhutan Post to en­sure there were no mis­takes or er­rors of any kind in the process.

In the first coun­cil elec­tions, while the com­mis­sion re­ceived 20,992 postal bal­lot ap­pli­ca­tions, only 23% of the votes were counted. In the sec­ond coun­cil elec­tions 40,701 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived of which only 23,967 were valid postal bal­lots.

Cour­tesy: BBS

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