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Operation of facilitation booths begin

The operation of postal ballot facilitation booths started from yesterday across the country and will last till Sunday.

A total of 97,870 people have registered for the postal ballot facilitation booth out of 133,795 registered voters for postal ballot.

The head of the postal ballot unit of Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), Namgay Tshering said that the number of registered voters for postal ballot facilitation booths has increased as compared to the National Council elections this year.

A total of 60,590 people had registered for postal ballot facilitation booths and mobile booths in NC elections this year.

Namgay Tshering said that there are 65 facilitation booths set up across the country and 13 mobile booths.

Thimphu has the highest number of facilitation booths with 12 while Gasa and Haa has one each.

During the NC elections this year, there were 67 booths.

Namgay Tshering said that the number this time aof the booths were not required. However, he said in Thimphu two additional booths were set up since it required more number of voters have registered.

In the NC elections this year, only 10 booths were set up in Thimphu.

However, unlike the NC elections when the postal ballot facilitation booths remained open from 9am till 5pm, the time has been extended to 7pm.

“It is more convenient for office workers that way,” said Namgay Tshering adding that people can vote after office as well.

The total number of registered voters for NA elections is 438,663 of which 224,550 are female and 214,113 male. From this, 31,267 are registered as conventional postal voters and 4,658 as special needs postal voters.

The poll day for the primary round of National Assembly elections is on September 15.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu