Dechen Dolkar 

Postal voters who wish to change their address and cast their votes from their designated polling station during general elections have to update their information with the respective dzongkhag election officers or returning officers. 

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced yesterday that teachers and students who initially registered as postal voters but now wish to vote at their designated polling stations in their constituencies during the general election should contact the concerned dzongkhag election office or their respective returning officers to get their status updated latest by December 14, 2023. 

The ECB also informed that registered postal voters desiring to change their address for the general elections may contact the concerned dzongkhag election office or respective returning officer and get their addresses updated by December 14. 

The ECB stated that on poll day, only valid original Citizenship Identity Cards (CIDs) or original Voter Photo Identity Cards (VPICs) will be accepted for verifying the voter’s identity at polling stations. Photocopies, softcopies, expired CIDs, and soft copies of VPICs will not be accepted. Documents such as money receipts for CIDs under process or lost cases, driving licenses, passports, or any other documents besides the CID and VPIC will not be accepted on poll day.

The campaign is scheduled to start from December 12 and smaller meetings by the party presidents and candidates shall be between 7am and 5pm.

Voting on poll day scheduled on January 9, will begin from 8am and end at 5pm.