Bhutan holds elections 2nd National Council

Bhutan has held elections to the second National Council today to decide the fate of the sixty seven candidates for twenty seats . The Election office in Thimphu said the polling which began at 9am went on smoothly with polling closing at 5pm local time .

Counting for the results for the non party National Council began soon after closing of the polling at 5pm local time. The Election Commission has utilized an sms relay system from the eight hundred and fifty polling stations which has also functioned as the initial counting stations which will be relayed to the district headquarters cross checking and then send to the Election Commission in the Capital which again will cross check. The formal results are to be declared. Many voters have travelled across to their villages to vote from where they normally reside .

While there were more than three lakh voters registered, the election commission said only after the polling parties return they will know the voter turnout from the 850 polling stations with some in very remote areas with the commission trying to make sure that they are less than two hours walk for the voters in the mountainous country. The twenty five member house is to be is scheduled to take office within this month once the five eminent persons are nominated by the King for a five year term in office.
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