Close to 88 percent of the registered postal voters cast their ballots at the postal ballot facilitation and mobile booths in Samdrupjongkhar, an increase from 78.8 in the primary round.

About 3,900 voters cast their votes at the four facilitation and mobile booths in the dzongkhag; 56 percent of the voters were female.

Sixty-three voters who voted on mobile booth in Samdrupjongkhar were the inmates of the district prison.

The first day saw a larger number of voters cast their votes.

Kinley Wangmo, 22, from Mongar, who cast her vote for the first time said that she gave little importance to election process in the past. “Although my vote don’t directly benefit me, I will contribute to choosing the government that would benefit the people and the country.”

Forty-three percent of the registered voters cast their votes at the booth in the first day.

Rinzin Choden, 36, waited since 6:30am for the facilitation booth to open at Samdrupjongkhar Middle Secondary School (SJMSS) on October 10. Facilitation booth at SJMSS had the maximum number (1,748) of registered postal voters.

Pema Yangzom, 40, from Trashigang, said exercising franchise was important. “I feel that if I don’t vote today, my children would be affected by my decision later.”

Most of the voters at Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC) and Jomotshangka Middle Secondary School (JMSS) were the family members of the armed forces.

Presiding officer at JMSS, Sangay Tshering, said that apart from two individuals who arrived at the stations without having registered to vote to the stations, the voting procedures went smoothly.

In the primary round of the National Assembly elections, 3,459 voters of 4,405 turned up to vote at the four facilitation and the mobile booths in Samdrupjongkhar.

Phurpa Lhamo | Samdrupjongkhar