130 candidates nominated to vie for Bhutan NC elections

130 candidates nominated to vie for Bhutan NC elections

SAM Staff,

A total of 130 candidates have been nominated to contest the National Council (NC) election on April 20.

A total of about 170 aspiring candidates contested in the zomdus, according to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).

However, election officials clarified that the figures are provisional until the nomination closes on March 19.

Scrutiny of nomination of candidates will begin on March 20, from which day the confirmed candidates can also apply for campaign funds and start campaigning.

“The selected candidates will go through a scrutiny process to confirm their candidature,” said an election official. “Failure of a candidate to fulfill the nomination requirements will lead to disqualification.”

In 2013, 67 candidates were selected from dhamngoi zomdus, where a gewog or throm selects its nominees to contest the NC election. The first NC election held in 2007 and 2008 saw 52 candidates.

This year, Tsirang saw 18 aspiring candidates, which was the highest among the dzongkhags in terms of aspirants. The dzongkhag, which has 12 gewogs has as many selected candidates.