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Functional Literacy tests for the LG candidates

Sep 28, 2010

The Functional Literacy and Possession of Skills Test for the aspiring Local Government (LG) candidates was held throughout the country today. According to the data from the Election Commission of Bhutan over 5,700 registered voters were registered for the test, of which 580 were women.

They will be tested on the ability to read and write Dzongkha. Once selected, they will be awarded a certificate by the election commission to contest for the Local Government election.

In Paro the test was held at Drugyyel and Shaba Higher Secondary Schools.

Our Paro correspondent, Chimi Dorji says that the turn out for Tshogpa was less as compared to Gup and Mangmi. According to one of the contestants is because the remuneration for the Tshogpas is less.

In Samtse over 490 participants took part in the test, of which 36 of them were women.

In Gasa, out of 94 registered candidates 66 of them turned up for the test. Our Stringer says that the test went smoothly.

However, there were few Geogs in the country, where there were not enough candidates. To hold an election there should be at least five candidates for each category.

For this the Election Officer, Kibu Zangpo, said that it would be dealt accordingly.

He also said that the contestants before contesting have to produce many other clearances as well.

The oral interview will be held tomorrow.

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