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LG elections a “success”

Jun 28, 2011

The Local Government (LG) elections yesterday were a success with a voter turnout of 55 percent according to the Chief Election Commissioner Dasho Kinzang Wangdi.

Officially declaring the results this morning which was also broadcast live nationwide on BBS TV, he said the local government elections, the country’s first after becoming democratic Constitutional Monarchy, was on the whole smooth and trouble free.

194,357 voters participated in the election. There are 347,938 registered voters.

The elections were however not entirely without problems.

Voting in two polling stations in Pemagatshel was delayed by an hour due to heavy rain. The inclement weather also spoilt the mood in many other districts leaving voters drenched.

In Samtse, the election was delayed due to problems with the electronic voting machines.

In Punakha, more than 20 voters could not vote because they did not get their voter photo identity cards because their names were apparently not registered in their constituency after they shifted their census registration.

Cases of voters turning up at the wrong polling station and not being able to produce their voter photo identity card and citizenship identity cards were also reported.

There was also a report of elderly voters complaining that they could not recognize the photos of the candidates on the electronic voting machines because the photos were rather too small for their failing eye sight.

2185 candidates contested the elections. 1105 have been elected as Gups, Mangmis and Tshogpas. The Gup is the head of the geog administration, the Mangmi is his deputy, and the Tshogpas are the representatives of the villages under the geog. Together they are responsible for the administration of the geog and local development activities.

The posts of a Gup, a Mangmi, 358 Tshogpas, nine Dzongkhag Thuemis and one Thromdey Tshogpa are still vacant. There were no candidates contesting for the vacant posts. The election commission will hold a separate election to fill the vacant posts at a favorable time next year.

The LG elections cost an estimated Nu.225 million.

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