47,715 out of 53,633 postal ballots accepted

A total of 53,633 postal ballots from the 47 constituencies were received by the Returning Officers (ROs), of which 47,715 were accepted and 7,526 were rejected.

With just nine days remaining for the primary elections, the ROs are busy recollecting postal ballot envelopes, specifically envelope ‘A’, which contains identity declaration certification to be opened in front of the party representatives. The other envelope ‘B’ contains party names and logos, and holds the vote marked by the voter.It will be opened a day before the elections.

The ROs explained that rejection of postal ballots were due to incorrect citizenship identity card numbers, lack of a proper address, and incorrect VPIC numbers. The most common reason for the postal ballot rejection was due to the fact that most of the voters were not registered with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).

The RO of Tsirang, Rinchen Penjor said, “Some of the postal ballots were not registered, and some had no proper addresses while some did not mention the VIPC number correctly. These were the reasons for the cause of rejection.”

The RO of Chumey-Ura constituency, Pema Chofil said some applicants missed the deadline, some didn’t have correct personal information along with the information on witnesses, and a few were not registered with the ECB.

A 28-year-old civil servant based in Trashiyangtse said although he tried his best to send the postal ballot on time, erratic internet connectivity caused delay and the ballot was rejected.

Bardo–Trong in Zhemgang received the highest number of postal ballots (2,077 applications) followed by Khar-Yurung, Pemagatshel (1,837) Bardo-Trong has the highest number of rejection (346) followed by Dewathang-Gomdar, Samdrup Jongkhar (358).

Khamed-Lunana, Gasa received the lowest number (62). Just 3 of the ballots were rejected.

 

Postal Ballots Received and Rejected in 47 Parliamentary Constituencies

 

Dzongkhags Parliamentary constituency Total number of postal ballot application received Postal ballot application accepted Postal ballot application rejected Eligible    voters
Bumthang Chhoekhor_Tang 767 697 70 9,249
Chhumig_Ura 468 421 47
Chhukha Bongo_Chapchha 1568 1349 219 22,918
Phuentshogling 489 419 70
Dagana Drukjeygang_Tseza 1193 1008 185 21,697
Lhamoi Dzingkha_Tashiding 1179 976 203
Gasa Khatoed_Laya 76 71 5 1,835
Khamaed_Lunana 62 59 3
Haa Bji_Kar-Tshog_Uesu 550 487 63 7,520
Sombaykha 441 394 47
Lhuentse Gangzur_Minjey 1458 1298 160 15,922
Maenbi_Tsaenkhar 1548 1370 178
Mongar Monggar 1784 1550 234 31,926
Dramedtse_Ngatshang 1820 1528 292
Kengkhar_ Weringla 1707 1465 242
Paro Lamgong_Wangchang 796 732 64 17,257
Dokar_Sharpa 764 677 87
Pema Gatshel Khar_Yurung 2124 1837 287 24,287
Nanong _Shumar 1900 1785 115
Nganglam 1131 956 175
Punakha Lingmukha_Toedwang 793 684 109 15,542
Kabisa_Talog 1020 846 174
SamdrupJongkhar Dewathang_Gomdar 2150 1792 358 23,728
Jomotshangkha_ Martshala 1812 1583 229
Samtse Phuentshogpelri_Samtse 803 701 102 42,334
Ugyentse_Yoeseltse 895 789 106
Tashichhoeling 1220 1002 220
Dophuchen _Tading 939 793 146
Sarpang Gelephu 951 1678 273 26,416
Shompangkha 926 782 144
Thimphu North Thimphu 472 412 60 12,628
South Thimphu 646 581 65
Trashigang Kanglung_Samkhar_ Udzorong 1991 1707 284 44,167
Thrimshing 1553 1304 249
Bartsham_Shongphu 1674 1450 224
Wamrong 1687 1450 237
Radhi_Sagteng 1149 1012 137
Trashiyangtse Boomdeling _Jamkhar 1492 1263 229 17,493
Khamdang_Ramjar 1338 1152 186
Trongsa Nubi _Tangsibji 795 696 99 9,373
Dragteng_Langthil 843 719 124
Tsirang Sergithang_Tsirang Toed 1044 897 147 20,979
Kilkhorthang_ Mendrelgang 1172 967 205
Wangdue            Phodrang Athang_Thedtsho 969 797 172 19,431
Nyishog_Sephu 983 862 121
Zhemgang Bardo_Trong 2423 2077 346 16,735
Panbang 883 749 134
Total 53,633 47715 7526

 

 

 

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