This is to inform the general public that there is widespread confusion about whether social and religious events can be conducted or not in the period leading up to the National Council Elections, 2023.
In this regard, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) would like to clarify that social and religious events may be conducted/organized until the end of January, 2023.
In the event there are religious or social events planned from February to May, 2023, all are requested to either prepone or defer them, with the exception of annual Dzongkhag Tshechus. From the date of issuance of notification calling the National Council Elections, 2023, all social and religious activities shall be closely monitored by the Dzongkhag Election Authorities. In the event of other annual calendar events/compelling needs, concerned institutions/individuals must submit applications and obtain approval.
In the case of such compelling situations, the concerned institution/individual shall seek approval from the respective Dzongkhag Election Authority. The Dzongkhag Chief Election Coordinator shall review the applications, on case-by-case basis, and accord decision, as deemed necessary.