With just two days left for the poll day of the general election, the office of the returning officer in Wangdue and Punakha are readying to dispatch polling officials to the polling stations.

A two-day refreshers course for the polling officials began yesterday.

Returning officer of Punakha’s Kabisa-Talog constituency, Norbu Zangmo, said the officials would be briefed on the election code of conduct, roles and responsibilities of the respective officials, handling of the electronic voting machine (EVM) and settling disputes, among others.

Punakha will deploy 154 polling officials, including a lady security officer each, to the 30 polling stations in the dzongkhag.

Returning officers said that polling station with less than 250 eligible voters did not get polling officer 1. The presiding officer will perform the duty of the polling officer 1.

The polling stations in Kapatabsa School, Yorbo ORC (out-reach clinic), and Zhelngoesa in Kabisa-Talog constituency have less than 250 eligible voters.

In Lingmukha-Toedwang constituency, polling stations in Dolepchen ORC, Lingmukha, and Untoedkha have less than 250 eligible voters.

Dzomi geowg centre in Lingmukha-Toedwang constituency, Punakha Hospital, and Serigang in Kabisa-Talog constituency have more than 1,000 eligible voters.

The dzongkhag has 16,949 registered voters, of which, 8,103 are male.



There are 48 polling stations for 20,084 registered voters in Wangdue.

The office of the returning officer in Wangdue will deploy 223 polling officials, including a lady security each and 144 security personnel to the polling stations by September 16.

Nyishu-Sephu’s returning officer, Tshering Delkar, said the polling officials should reach the stations latest by September 16.

The polling stations in Athang gewog centre, Bjagphu, Chenshing Tsawa, Haebisa School, Nagbisa, Nahi gewog centre, Oola, Shelley, Shoba, and Wogyal in Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangdue have less than 250 eligible voters.

Bajo Higher Secondary School and Tshogongm gewog centre have more than 1,000 registered voters.

In Nyishu-Sephu constituency, the polling stations in Baedrog, Chitokha, Gorgoen ORC, Nakha ORC, Radzawog, and Tapaiteng School have less the 250 eligible voters. In the constituency, Nyishog gewog centre has the highest number registered voters, 835.

Of 20,084 registered voters, including postal ballot voters in Wangdue, 10,906 are female.

Dechen Tshomo | Punakha