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Former party members barred from local government elections

Apr 29, 2011

More than 80 aspiring contestants for the upcoming local government elections have been disqualified because they were former members of political parties.

To contest the local government elections, they have to resign from party politics and their names should be in the de-registered list.

Some have already resigned as party members but their names are not in the de-registered list issued by the Election Commission.

20 of the disqualified contestants gathered at the Office of the Election commission in Thimphu on Wednesday.

Sonam Dema, a Gup Contestant from Samar Geog in Haa said “when we de-registered from our political parties in 2008, we submitted our de-registration copies to the Election Commission but now they tell us that this information also has to be published in a print media at least one year before we can compete for the local government elections. They tell us we are not eligible for the elections even though we published it in a print media.”

Changlo, a Mangmi Contestant from Chapcha, Chukha said “we went to our party office and questioned them. They said they had done their part and told us to ask the election commission.”

The disqualified candidates discussed the matter with officials at the election commission.

Dorji Wangchuk, a Gup Contestant from Ura, Bumthang said “we told them that we did not do anything against the rules. We requested them provide us with a solution. The election officials told us that they will look into the matter immediately and let us know. However, if they fail to come up with a solution, then we will either go to the court or other higher authorities.”

They argue that there is no section in the election act which says that the de-registered list has to be published in a print media for at least a year.

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