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NOTIFICATION

The Election Commission of Bhutan in continuation to its:   (1) Communication No.: ECB/CEC-02/2013/2556 dated 21st of March 2013 addressed to the Secretary of Ministry of Education and copies endorsed to all registered Political Parties of Bhutan; and   (2) Notification No.: ECB/PEF-8/2014/1977 dated 26th of May 2014 wherein Parties were required to

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News Release

A three member delegation of the Bhutanese Election Commission (ECB) led by the Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan, Dasho KunzangWangdi, returned from a visit to India. The delegation held discussion with Election Commission of India (ECI) to foster mutual cooperation and relations between the two Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) on

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News Release

At the invitation of the Chief Election Commissioner of India His Excellency Shri V. S. Sampath, the Election Commissioner of Bhutan Dasho Kunzang Wangdi will lead a delegation on a four day visit to New Delhi, India on 4th of June 2014.   During the visit the Bhutanese delegation would felicitate the

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For Comments

FOR COMMENTS: The Election Commission of Bhutan has prepared this document on “Political Participation” incorporating feedback received during Learning from Experience Programme workshops carried out in 2013. Please send your feedback to: dawaten@hotmail.com   Draft copies of the documents are shared with key stakeholders, for further comments. The same is placed herewith

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CEC visits Indonesia

Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, accompanied by a senior officer of ECB, left for Indonesia on 20th of April 2014. The center for Political Studies of Indonesian Institute of Science in collaboration with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) invited Dasho as a Guest Speaker for knowledge Sharing on Electoral Inclusiveness in the

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Public Announcement

The Election Commission of Bhutan is Happy to release the Report on Expenditures of the Second Parliamentary Elections in the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2013 for public scrutiny and information.   The Second Parliamentary Elections in 2013, inclusive of the Bye-Election to Nanong-Shumar National Assembly Demkhong had a reserve budgetary provision of Nu.

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Ability Bhutan Society

To, All Officials of Election Commission of Bhutan.   The Ability Bhutan Society (ABS) will be observing the World Autism Awareness Day 2014 on 2nd of April at the Clock Tower commencing at 4:30 pm.   All officials of the Election Commission of Bhutan are cordially invited to join in the Celebration.   With regards     (Kunzang Wangdi) Chairperson  

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Orientation Programme

  The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to inform the general public that five young officers joined the Commission on 4th of March 2014 on being selected through an ECB Officer Level Selection Examination conducted for more than 1000 applicants to fill up the vacancies. The five Election Commission Probationers are currently undergoing five

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ECB Meets DEOs and TEOs

Since today’s youth and students are the future voters and candidates to elective offices under the Drugi Tsathrim Chhenmo, it is essential that they are not only fully knowledgeable but their interest to play an active and positive role in the democratic system is fostered in a positive way. The

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Sharing of Information to Media

To, Hon'ble Election Commissioners, Secretary, Head of Department/Divisions/Senior Officers in ECB, Dzongkhag Electoral Officers It has been found that the Media have been approaching several contact points at the Election Commission of Bhutan on a given subject or information resulting in the uncoordinated and conflicting responses bordering to personal opinions.   All may note that henceforth there

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Salang Tendrel

Her Majesty Gyaltshun Jetsun Pema graced the salang tendrel for the ECB head office building, the Democracy House in Kawang Jangsa on 22 nd January 2014 as the Chief Guest. The prayer ceremony was presided over by His Holiness Gyalse Trulku Rinpoche. Having been delayed since 2011, the Democracy House will be constructed at

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A-WEB

The Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan attended the Inaugural Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) with its headquarters in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea on 14th of October 2013. It was attended by more than 300 delegates from Election Management Bodies of 105 countries and more than 50

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Announcement

The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to announce that The Royal Decree Calling the Bye-Election for Nanong _Shumar Demkhong of Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag was Issued by His Majesty the King of Bhutan on 7th of October 2013 Commanding the Poll Day to be on 9th of November 2013.   In obeisance

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Key Note Address of Dasho Kunzang Wangdi

Keynote Address of Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, Chief Guest at the International Democracy Day 2013 at Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan, Paro   (Sunday the 15th of September 2013)   Her Excellency Aum Christina Carlson, UN Resident Coordinator for UN Systems and Resident Representative, UNDP, Bhutan.   Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dasho Pema Thinley,   Hon’ble

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Notification

Bye-Election for the Post of Gewog Tshogde Tshogpa in Pema Gatshel and Trongsa Dzongkhag 2013   The Election Commission of Bhutan, in pursuance to Sections 577 and 579 of the Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008, and Sections 33 asnd 34 of the Local Government Act, 2009, hereby calls the

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Press Release

This is for kind information of the general public and electorate of the Nonong_Shumar Demkhong of Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag that the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has received the Writ for Election from the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan declaring seat of Nanong_Shumar Demkhong as vacant vide

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Notification

The Election Commission of Bhutan hereby notifies the general Public that the Bongmaan Tshogpa Demkhong under Khar Gewog, Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag, has become vacant due to the death of the Tshogpa as reported by the Gup, Khar Gewog.   As there is no eligible voter who holds the Functional Literacy Test (FLT)

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Keynote Speech

Keynote Speech on the Occasion of Issue of Certificate of Election to Honourable Elected Members of Parliament to National Assembly   19th July 2013   Tashi Delek and warm welcome to all honourable Member of Parliament elects who are present here today to receive the Certificate of Election following the successful conduct of the

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Notification

The Election Commission of Bhutan would like to inform the General Public that the Commission has received a complaint from Monggar and another complaint from Trashigang, referring to two telephone calls, wherein it is alleged that threats were being made by the caller/s whose number are displayed as “Unknown” or

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Announcement for Poll Day

Second Parliamentary Elections 2013: National Assembly Poll Day for General Election   The Election Commission of Bhutan would like to remind the general public that Saturday, the 13th of July 2013 is the Poll Day for the General Elections 2013, in all the 47 Demkhongs of the twenty Dzongkhags. All are urged to note

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Notification

The Election Commission of Bhutan, hereby notifies all government, nongovernmental and public organizations that unless it is a matter cleared by the Election Commission of Bhutan, till Election Period for the General Election 2013 is over on 14th of July 2013, no organization or entity shall arrange, organize, conduct, undertake,

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Tender Inviting Quotation

The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to invite sealed quotation from the licensed suppliers for the supply of the following items: Stationery Items Election Materials Annual Maintenance of Pool Vehicles Catering Hire of Vehicles and Office Furniture   Documents containing detailed requirements/ specifications will be available for sale on payment of Nu. 300.00 each (non-refundable)  from the

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Press Release

The Election Commission of Bhutan met with the President Jigmi Y. Thinley of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), President Tshering Tobgay of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Dr. Tandi Dorji, Representative of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) on 10th of June 2013.   The main reason for calling the meeting was the issue of the

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Press Release

The Election Commission of Bhutan met with the President Jigmi Y. Thinley of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), President Tshering Tobgay of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Dr. Tandi Dorji, Representative of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) on 10th of June 2013.   The main reason for calling the meeting was the issue of the

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Notification

The Election Commission of Bhutan would like to notify the general public that the Public Debates for the General Elections shall be conducted in collaboration with the BBS TV between two Candidates of the two Parties contesting in the General Election in the Dzongkhags for each of the Demkhongs as

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Notification

The Election Commission is pleased to issue the Guidelines for Scrutiny of Books of Accounts of the Registered Political Party 2013 with the primary purpose to facilitate:   1)     Mobilization of Fund only at the rate and from sources permitted; 2)     Utilization of Fund for genuine and authorized purposes; and 3)     Recording, accounting and

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Notification on Party Workers

The Election Commission of Bhutan would like to inform the general public, Political Parties and Candidates that Section 7.7 of the Political Party Rules of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2012 specifically provides that: “A Political Party shall not appoint more than: 7.7.1 One member as the Coordinator for each Dzongkhag; 7.7.2 One member as

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Notification on Party Workers

The Election Commission of Bhutan would like to inform the general public, Political Parties and Candidates that Section 7.7 of the Political Party Rules of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2012 specifically provides that: “A Political Party shall not appoint more than: 7.7.1 One member as the Coordinator for each Dzongkhag; 7.7.2 One member

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Notification

Declaration of the Results of the Second Parliamentary Elections 2013: Primary Round of the National Assembly    The Election Commission of Bhutan has the honour under Section 442 of the Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008, to hereby declare and announce the total votes received by each of the Political

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Press Release

The Election Commission of Bhutan would like to inform the general public on the cases related to the Primary Round Campaign Period, in addition to the seven cases reported earlier, which have been resolved as follows:     Case # 3: Statement by the President of the People’s Democratic Party     On the allegation of

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Warning

The Election Commission of Bhutan is in receipt of a complaint that despite the public being notified of the campaign embargo starting from 9 a.m. of 29th of May 2013, 48 hours before the start of the Poll for the Primary Round, some sites, blogs, tweets and FB posts including

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V-VOICE & NeBDeB for ECB

The Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan at the invitation of the Director DeSuung delivered a Talk titled Bhutan’s Tryst with Electoral Democracy to the 7th Batch of De-Suung at Military Training Center, Tencholing, Wangdue on 17th of April 2013. In his address the CEC highlighted four important topics in the

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Public Notification

The Election Commission of Bhutan notifies all the Registered Postal Voters on the following points for voting successfully in the National Assembly General Elections 2013: A Registered Postal Voter who received the Postal Ballot for the Primary Round need not apply for the General Elections as the RO will send the

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Notification

The Election Commission, noting the public concerns on the eligibility of the Candidates-Designate tendered by the Political Parties in their Letter of Intent, would like to inform the public that the Scrutiny of Candidates’ Nomination Papers by Returning Officers will be carried out strictly to ensure all requirements are fully

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Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent documents submitted by 5 Political Parties on 5th of May 2013 including the Letter of Intent, Tentative List of Candidates and List of 20 Dzongkhag Offices can be viewed below. The other documents including the Membership Lists, Tentative Campaign Schedule, Income & Expenditure Statement, Manifesto is available for

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Notification

This is for kind information of the general public and in particular the concerned authorities such as the Dzongkhag Drangpons, Royal Audit Authority, Royal Bhutan Police, Returning Officers, Heads of Employing Agencies, Royal University of Bhutan, Tax Authority, and any other attesting entities and officials responsible to sign, issue, authenticate

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Public Announcement

The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to announce that two Presidential Public Debates shall be organized, with technical support from the BBSC TV, amongst the Presidents of the Political Parties declared eligible to contest the Primary Round of the Second National Assembly Elections 2013 to offer choice and option

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Notification

The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to notify the general public that it received, on 5th of May 2013, the Letters of Intent (LoI) from all 5 registered Political Parties to contest the Primary Round of Elections to the National Assembly 2013, offering choice and option to the voters

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NC Candidates

NC Candiates / Manifestos DZONGKHAG Sl.No. Name Bumthang 1.    Nima 2.    Rinchen Phuntsho 3.    Sonam Tenzin 4.    Tshewang Jurmi Chhukha 1.    Pema Tenzin 2.    Tshewang Lhamo Dagana 1.    Sonam Dorji Gasa 1.    Sangay Khandu 2.    Tenzin 3.    Yeshey Dorji Haa 1.    Choda Jamtsho 2.    Khandu Wangchuk 3.    Tenzin Norbu 4.    Tshering Dorji Lhuentse 1.    Rinzin Rinzin 2.    Tempa Dorji Monggar 1.    Naichu 2.    Sonam Wangchuk 3.    Tshering Wangchen Paro 1.    Kaka Tshering 2.    Kinley Dorji 3.    Sonam Wangchuk 4.    Tshewang Norbu 5.    Ugyen Tshering Pemagatshel 1.    Jigmi Rinzin 2.    Pema Wangchuk 3.    Sherab Jamtsho Punakha 1.    Namgay Dorji 2.    Rinzin Dorji Samdrup Jongkhar 1.    Jigme Wangchuk 2.    Kinga Dorji 3.    Sangay Lhendup Samtse 1.    Chungdu Tshering 2.    Chhatrapati Phuyel 3.    Dhan Kumar Ghalley 4.    Ganesh Ghimiray 5.    Kharananda Dhakal 6.    Narayan Dahal 7.    Sangay Khandu Sarpang 1.    Anand Rai 2.    Dhan Bdr. Monger 3.    Dhan Kumar Basnet 4.    Rangu Pati Suberi 5.    Sonam Doekar Thimphu 1.    Nima

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Declaration of the Results of the Bye-Elections and Local Government Elections in the Remaining Vacant Demkhongs, 2012

The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to inform the people of the Kingdom of Bhutan that the Bye-Elections and Local Government Elections in the Vacant Demkhongs of 17 Dzongkhags were successfully conducted on 3rd of November 2012. Only 2 Male Candidates contested the Bye-Elections for the post of Tshogpa in Trashi Yangtse and

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DEMOCRACY UP-CLOSE: A documentary Study of Bhutan’s First Local Government Elections

2 Excellency Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Kingdom of Bhutan, Mr. Henrik A. Nielsen, the outgoing Liaison Officer, Hon’ble Election Commissioners, Tek Bhadur Chhetri, new Liaison Officer, LOD, Pema Wangdi, LOD, Leki Dorji, the Author, Members of the Bhutanese media, Distinguished Guests, Colleagues from the Election Commission, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1. I am happy

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Declaration of the Results of the Bye-Elections 2012 and election in the vacant Demkhongs of Pema Gatshel and Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhags

The Election Commission of Bhutan is pleased to inform the people of Bhutan that the Polls of the Bye-Elections for the post of Gup, Ramjar Gewog under Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag and Tshogpa of Maan_Tshelinggor Chiwog, Zobel Gewog under Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag and elections in the Vacant Demkhongs in these two

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