English | Dzongkha Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Monggar and Nganglam constituencies all set for the bye-election

With the poll day just a day away, Monggar and Nganglam constituencies are all set to elect their new National Assembly representatives. Campaigns have closed and polling officials have been deployed to all the polling stations.

ECB facilitates mobile EVM and postal ballot voting in Nganglam Throm

With Nganglam Throm in Pema Gatshel under lockdown until further notice, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) started facilitating the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) mobile voting booths yesterday. The facilitation is for those who are above 65 years and persons with disabilities. Meanwhile, other eligible voters are given the opportunity to vote through mobile postal ballot voting facilitation. More than 500 registered for both mobile and postal ballot voting facilities. 

NA decides lifting ban on sale of tobacco products

The National Assembly decided to lift the ban on selling, distributing, buying, possessing, and transporting tobacco or tobacco products in the country today. This is in light of the continuous smuggling of tobacco products through the country’s porous southern border, as well as the threats of COVID-19 distribution. However, the ban on the production and manufacturing of tobacco and tobacco products in the country is still retained. The house will adopt the Bill tomorrow forward it to the National Council for consideration.

Office of the Prime Minister will continue to function under the Cabinet Secretariat

As opposed to the National Assembly’s recommendation, the Office of the Prime Minister will continue to function under the Cabinet Secretariat. This was what the joint committee of the Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill, 2020 recommended. The joint sitting of the Parliament endorsed the recommendation today. The National Assembly, during the fourth session of the third Parliament, recommended that there should be a dedicated Secretariat office for the Prime Minister which the National Council did not approve.

ECB facilitates mobile EVM facilitation booth in Monggar

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) facilitated mobile Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) facilitation booths for the upcoming bye-election in the Monggar constituency for the first time yesterday. The facility takes the voting procedures to the voters’ doorsteps. The two-day voting through the mobile booth facilities was started in all the five gewogs yesterday. All 230 registered voters for the mobile booth facility cast their votes.  

NA to discuss Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 as an urgent bill

The Speaker of the National Assembly declared the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 as an Urgent Bill today. The Economic Affairs Minister presented on the need to lift the ban on the sale of tobacco products in the country at the National Assembly today. The Minister said this is considering the threats of spreading COVID-19 through the country’s porous southern border. The Bill is referred to the Legislative Committee of the house for further review. It will be tabled to the National Assembly on Thursday this week for the third reading.

Peoples’ expectation from the winning candidate of Monggar Constituency

People of Thuenmong-Tokari Chiwog in Tsamang Gewog of Monggar constituency want the winning candidate of the upcoming bye-election to prioritize the construction of a motorable bridge over Kurichhu. Maintenance of farm roads and addressing the acute drinking water shortage are among other expectations. This was shared during the common forum in Tsamang Gewog on Thursday […]

NC to uphold constitution on the Mines and Minerals Bill at the joint sitting

The National Council will stick to the constitution while deliberating on the disputed clauses of the Mines and Minerals Bill at the joint sitting next week. During a press conference today, Eminent Member Dasho Tashi Wangyal said as per Article 1.12, the rights over the mineral resources, rivers, lakes and forest shall vest in the state, and are the properties of the state, which shall be regulated by the law. The contention over the bill is that the National Assembly supports the state’s rights over strategic right over strategic mines and leaving none-strategic mines open to the private sector. On the other hand, the National Council wants the state mining corporation or state-owned enterprises to run all the mines. 

Government provides more than Nu 1.2 billion as CSI loans

The government has provided more than Nu 1.2 bn as Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) loans to the people. Finance Minister Namagay Tshering said this while sharing the utilization of the previous Nu 5 bn funds which was allocated for the economic stimulus plan during the 11th Five Year Plan. The Finance Minister was responding to a question from Jomotshangkha Martshala constituency’s MP, Norbu Wangzom at the National Assembly’s question hour today. 

Media Arbitrator warns DNT to strictly comply with the electoral laws during the election period

The Office of the Media Arbitrator warned the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa to strictly comply with the electoral laws during the election period following Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) written complaint last week. The DPT lodged the complaint after the DNT uploaded campaign videos on social media platforms without prior approval from the Election Commission of Bhutan.

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