As far as enthusiasm goes, there seems to be aplenty of it among voters in Thimphu waiting for the general election poll day on July 13. A few factors, however, present themselves as a deal breaker to their anxious wishes.
A taxi driver Sangay said, “All us taxi drivers thought of voting, but there arises a problem of money to refuel the car and hotels. As I am from Radhi, Trashigang, which is very far from capital, it will cost around Nu 6,000 to fuel for a to-and-fro journey. I will be deciding whether to move or not, but incase if I move, I will move three days ahead on July 10. I have missed my chance to vote in the primary round due to financial constraint too, but this time I will not miss it.”
“My postal ballot being rejected, how can I vote for the capable candidate? I cannot even go to my demkhong because strictly complying by company norms, I have to perform well during my 6 months probations here. I think, in the coming future, the concerned authorities should raise this matter to encourage more voter turnouts,” said Ugyen Tshering a corporate employee.
Tshering Yangden who is a private employee said, “As I am not eligible to vote by postal ballot. I am travelling to my demkhong in Pemagatshel on the 10th to cast my vote and I will be taking my own car.”
She added, “In a democracy it is important for me to cast my one vote, as one vote can make a huge difference, and I have missed the chance to do it during the primary round due to some personal problem.”
A graduate from Sherubtse College Yenten said, “I am not going to vote in general round, since I have not registered during the primary round as a postal ballot voter. I can’t cast vote in the general round of election, as I am from the far east of the country. Even though I can understand the value of a vote and the importance of democratic process, but due to financial constraint I can’t vote.”
Phuntsho a businessman in Thimphu said, “It’s very important to cast a vote, I have voted in 2008 elections and primary round too. On July 9, I will move to my village which is in Pemagatshel to cast vote for the person who I believe to be the right candidate and I will take my own car for the journey.”
He added saying, “In democracy voters are the main component in selecting a right leader and to strengthen democracy we should support by voting, as one vote can make a difference.”
Tshering Dorji / Thimphu