The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has invited the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to nominate their candidates to contest for the general elections starting on Monday.
During the declaration of the primary round results on Sunday, chief election commissioner, Chogyal Dago Rigzin said DNT and DPT, as the two political parties that secured the highest and second highest votes, will now have to nominate the candidates for the 47 constituencies to the respective returning officers, according to a Kuensel report.
The last date for filing the nominations is September 21.
The Election Commission had earlier issued a notification on August 20 last stating that by September 22, scrutiny of the nominations of the candidates would start.
It also stated that the campaign for the general round would commence on September 22 after the returning officers accept the candidatures.
September 24 is the last date for candidates to withdraw their candidature, receive applications for changes related to details of registered postal voters.
The postal ballot facilitation or mobile booth will be operated from October 10 to 12.
The Election Commission has also asked the DNT and DPT to continue reporting and submitting weekly election expenses that are verified by observers.
Meanwhile, a press release from the Election Commission stated that the campaign fund for the general election would be released as per schedule only upon fulfilment of the weekly reporting requirement.
“The two parties and candidates shall, thereafter, file the election returns separately for the primary round and general election, as required under the laws within 30 days of the declaration of general election results,” it stated.
The last date of filing it will be on November 19.