As mentioned in our Elections are Happening in Bhutan blog, the Election Commission of Bhutan officially announced the schedule of the National Assembly Elections. As outlined in the Constitution, the election will be in two stages which in the first stage, two of the four parties who poll the maximum in the round of elections to be held today will be chosen for the second stage held on July 13th.
Besides the ruling party DPT and the opposition PDP, the two other parties include the DCT (Druk Chiwang Tshogpa) and the DNT ( Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa). One other party BKP (Bhutan Kuen-Nigam Party), though accepted as a political party, did not receive enough votes in the preliminary stage as it could not put up representatives for all the 47 constituencies. These four parties will contend in today’s vote for the 2013 National Assembly elections. According to a report in Kuensel, dzongkhags with the smallest voting population had the highest voter turnout, in terms of percentage, while it was just the opposite for dzongkhags with a high number of voters.
Stay tuned for ongoing updates as the Bhutanese exercise their democratic right to vote in this 2013 election period.