The Election Commission of Bhutan started, today, the training programme for the Electoral Officers who will be deputed on election duty for the Third Parliamentary Elections 2018 as Returning Officers and National Observers. The training programme will be held for two batches of officers from 8th -10th and 11th – 13th of February 2018.
During the opening session, the Chief Election Commissioner highlighted the importance of the Third Parliamentary Elections 2018 and the need for dedicated services of the electoral officials in ensuring that the Third Parliamentary Elections 2018 is successful and meets the expectations of Our Enlightened Kings and the People of Bhutan.
The objective of the training is to educate and orient on the legal provisions and requirements, highlighting the key areas of concern, clear understanding of the specific roles and responsibilities; assure competence with the various Election Procedures and Forms; Provide hands-on training through role play on Postal Ballot handling process and use of the EVM.
The programme is considered as being very important as all officials on election duty must have a sound understanding of the electoral processes and the key legal provisions to ensure elections of a high standard. In particular, the Returning Officers, National and Micro-Observers have a vital role to play in the conduct of elections and it is imperative that they are conversant with the Electoral Laws and thorough with the election process and procedures to discharge their duties confidently, completely and efficiently.