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DPT supporters’ petition to CJ
Freeze on open competition
The royal service commission has directed ministries, constitutional offices, autonomous agencies and dzongkhags to freeze all inservice recruitments through open competition until the 2013 elections are over. This is to ensure that civil servants on election duty are not in anyway disadvantaged from not being able to participate in the selection interviews.
A group of 50 Druk Phuensum Tshogpa supporters from Trashigang are on their way to Thimphu today to submit their petition to the Supreme Court chief justice.
The submission is with regards to the Gyalpoizhing land case and the verdict that Mongar district court recently passed, which party supporters felt was unfair. Besides, they feared the National Assembly speaker Jigme Tshultim and home minister Minjur Dorji might not be able to contest for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Party supporters said the two ministerial candidates who were sure wins for a second term from Trashigang were basically involved in a case that happened much before the country’s transition to a democracy and the institution of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Pg. 2
Picture story: About 92 km of the 112 km Gelephu- Tsirang - Chachey highway has been widened to allow movement of 18-wheeler trucks carrying equipment for power projects in Dagana and Wangdue. Additional funds are required to complete the remaining 20 kms.
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Big number to vote by post
Which entails a big risk of voters getting discounted, if procedures are not adhered to Kesang Dema
How councilors are elected
Almost 6,000 people have come forward in less than five days to register with election commission of Bhutan to vote through post.
What transpired then should not be raked up and made applicable in today’s context” Supporters
This has taken the total registered postal voter to 55,609 as of yesterday. It was at 49,706 when the commission made public the draft postal voters list while issuing the electioncalling notification. The figure also includes around 270 Bhutanese living in
United States, the service being extended for the first time. While it was the civil servants, students and trainees, armed forces and persons working in the embassies, among others, who could avail the postal ballot, the service was also made available to direct dependents and spouses of civil servants, which didn’t happen during the first parliamentary elections. All this led to a substantial increase in the postal voters list, as compared to the first council election. This time, even if only 50
percent of the registered postal voters submit application for postal ballot, as required by norm, the number will still be higher from the first council election that saw a total of 20,992 applications. But the thing about the first election was that around 77 percent of the applications were rejected. At the end, only about 6,550 ballots were issued. But even after that, the number dropped further when, during the poll day, the total valid postal ballot votes cast was 4,742. Pg. 2
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Big number to vote by post
From Pg. 1 Filling in wrong voter identity card numbers, providing wrong mailing addresses, “ticking” in place of “crossing” were some of the reasons why the postal votes failed to make it to the count. Having experienced the pivotal role the postal ballot played during the past elections, where as little as two votes made all the difference in constituencies, like those of Gasa, that’s a huge vote wasted. Will more postal voters this time mean as many fallen by the wayside? Plus too, it is a costly affair. The commission has negotiated with Bhutan Post at Nu 80...