The Office of Media Arbitrator (OMA) issued a warning letter to Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) on June 3 for not complying with the electoral laws during the election period.

The warning came following a written complaint from the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) against DNT for uploading election campaign advertising videos on social media platforms without obtaining prior approval from the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).  

OMA’s warning letter stated that the complaint was reviewed and it found that DNT had violated Section 18.1.3 of election advertising regulations. 

ECB’s election advertising regulations state that no person shall publish in any newspaper, magazine, periodical or social media unless the person is authorised to do so and does so in accordance with the written directions of the Returning Officer.

“Failure to comply with the provisions of the Regulations henceforth shall oblige the OMA to take strict action against DNT,” stated the letter. 

There were four videos and DNT removed soon after the OMA’s warning letter. 

Staff Reporter

Edited by Tshering Palden