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Record turnout in Bhutan elects third National Council

April 27, 2018 • By Karma Dema
Photo credit: The Bhutanese, 2018


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Undeterred by a cloudy morning that threatened rain on election day in some areas, 234,535 Bhutanese voters exercised their right to vote across 866 polling stations as the country elected its third National Council, the upper house of Bhutan’s parliament.

Voter turnout saw a record participation of 54.3 per cent of the total registered voter population of 432,030. That marked an increase of 9 per cent from turnout in the previous elections in 2013, when 171,564 (45.15 per cent) of the total 379,819 eligible voters participated.

Read the full commentary published in The Diplomat.

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Karma Dema
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