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432,030 eligible voters for the NC elections

In the final electoral roll, there are a total of 432,030 registered eligible voters for the third National Council elections.

The Election Commission of Bhutan as required under Section 34 of the Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008 released the final electoral roll last week.

Of the total eligible voters, 211,149 are male comprising 48.87% of the voters and 220,881 are female comprising 51.13%.

A notification from the commission states that the final electoral roll was confirmed after due incorporation of changes received from the dzongkhags during the “Claims and Objections” period from February 15-25.

Gasa has the lowest with 2,000 eligible voters followed by Haa with 7,658, Bumthang with 9752. Trashigang has the highest with 46,983 followed by Samtse with 46,781 and Mongar with 34,082 eligible voters.

In 2008, there were a total of 312,817 registered eligible voters of which 133,452 were male and 135885 are female.

In 2013, there were around 379,819 registered eligible voters of which 187,020 (49.24%) were male and 192,799 (50.76%) were female.

As compared to the previous council elections, the number of registered eligible voters has increased drastically. However, female registered eligible voters has always outnumbered male registered eligible voters.

The notification also states that an individual voter can check his or her voter registration status and information on polling station on the ECB’s website or access using the ECB mobile application “Electoral Info” which can be downloaded from google play store for Android User or app store for IOS User.

The final electoral roll can be inspected at the respective dzongkhag election offices or the offices of the Returning Officer or at the Commission head office in Thimphu.

The poll day for NC elections is on April 20. The polls for the NC elections will be conducted in a total of 866 polling stations and 64 polling booths.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu