The Election Commission of Bhutan on 17th August received a Royal Kasho from His Majesty The King as per the Constitution calling for the National Assembly elections of 2018.
As per the Kasho the poll day for the Primary round is on 15th September and the poll day for the general elections are on 18th October.
With the Kasho coming on 17th August it gives exactly 30 days till 15th September as per the Election Act.
The parties have exactly seven days from the day of the notification to file their letter of intent to take part in the primary round.
The Letter of Intent shall include a tentative list of candidates that it may field in the General Election.
The scrutiny of nominations shall take place on the day immediately following the last date for making nominations.
The last date for withdrawal of candidatures shall be the second day after the date for the scrutiny of nominations.
After that there will be a campaign period which will end 48 hours before the poll day called the no campaign period.
This time around BBS will be hosting constituency level dialogue.
The four parties of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be filing their letters of intent.
The ECB after the scrutiny of the letter of intent will announce which parties qualify. All parties are expected to have 47 candidates each to qualify.
In 2013 the BKP failed to qualify after failing to show two candidates from Gasa.
The Primary round results will be known by 15th September and officially announced on 16th of September. With the general election poll day on 18th October then accordingly party candidates will have to file their individual nominations with their respective returning officers.
There will be a campaign period followed by the 48 hours no campaign period and then the poll day.