K5 announces April 23 as 2nd NC elections day


King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck issued a royal decree on March 9, which announced that the National Council (NC) elections would be held on April 23.

Voters queue for casting their votes in the first democratic election

The current Council, which has both legislative and review functions and is also referred to as the house of review with 25 members including five direct appointees of the king, is expiring on April 28.

The decree said the first National Council completes its term in office on 28th of April 2013.

“It is hereby decreed that the Second Parliamentary Elections, starting with the elections to the Nation Council, shall commence as of this day with the Poll Day on the 23rd of April 2013 so that the House can be re-constituted on the date of expiry of the term, as required under the Constitution.”

Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) announced that some 850 polling stations will be set up across the country and to be facilitated by some 4,651 election officials.

The EC said that about 387,733 eligible voters are expected to cast their votes on the poll day. Of this, 192,076 are females.

The EC has defined an age limit of 18 years as of January 1 this year for citizens to be eligible voters.

The results of the elections will be announced on April 24.