The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced that ‘His Majesty will be pleased to issue the Royal Decree Calling elections to the National Council of the parliament of Bhutan on 9 March’.
This Press Release from the ECB is in accordance with the Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, section 192, which states that “The EC shall, not later than ninety days, before the date of expiration of duration of the National Council, announce the date on which the Druk Gyalpo shall issue by Royal Decree the notification calling the election and setting the process of election in motion so as to ensure that a new National Council is reconstituted on the date of expiration of duration of the existing National Council.”
After His Majesty’s announcement, the ECB shall, in accordance with the Directives Contained in the Royal Decree of His Majesty, issue the notification accordingly informing the public of the details concerning Election schedule, Demkhongs, Nomination of candidates, Election Laws, EVMs, Polling Stations, Polling Stations, Polling Management, security and other arrangements for the National Council elections of March 10, stated the Press Release.
The general elections to the National Council of Bhutan, Parliament of Bhutan were held for the first time on 31 December, 2007, though it was originally scheduled for 26 December, 2007. The National Council of Bhutan will consist of 25 members, out of which 20 members will be directly elected from 20 dzongkhags by 312,817 eligible voters and five more will be nominated by the Druk Gyalpo.
Puran Gurung / Thimphu