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Voter Education Programme receives poor response


Oct 26, 2010

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has been conducting Voters’ Education Programme for the upcoming Local Government Election in the Four Class A Thromdes. However, the turn-out has been very poor.

In Thimphu, only 40 people out of over 4,000 registered voters in five constituencies turned up for the programme yesterday. There are seven constituencies under Thimphu Dzongkhag, with a total of over 6,000 registered voters.

Until now, the respective Thrompoens of class “A” Thromdes like Thimphu and Phuentsholing were appointed by the Ministry of Works and Human Settlements. However, starting this year, they will be elected by the people of their Thromdes.

Since this is a new system, a voters’ education programme is underway to brief the people of all the 4 class “A” Thromdes. “We have seven constituencies in Thimphu. Yesterday, out of about 2000 registered voters in Babesa and Changbandu-Olakha constituencies, only about 200 people turned up. May be they did not get the information, but we have announced it repeatedly,” said Tashi Dorji, Chief Training Co-ordinator of the ECB.

The training co-ordinator said that it is very important for the people to attend this programme as it will help them to identify and elect a good leader. “If the people want to have a good and capable Thrompoen out of the upcoming local government election, it is very important for them to attend this training, so that later on, they would be satisfied with the leader they have elected.”

The programme consisted of procedures and eligibility criteria for the election of the Thrompoens and Tshogpas. Out of the four class “A” Thromdes, three Thromdes; Gelephu, Phuentsholing and Thimphu have been covered. Samdrup Jongkhar is the last Thromde to be covered.

The Election Commission of Bhutan says that they hope to cover the Thromde election by end of this year.

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