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    NC/SG-03/2010-2011/4044                                                                           April 12, 2011
    OFFICE MEMO
    In accordance with Notification No. ECB/NOTIF-01/2011/1814 dated April 6, 2011 of the Election Commission of Bhutan, all members and staff of the National Council are hereby notified to refrain from making trips or tours to your respective constituencies during the election period except to cast vote on the Poll Day, i.e., on May 24, 2011 should you not wish to use the Postal Ballot facility. The election schedule and schedule for processing postal ballots as eligible are as given hereunder:
    (A)Schedule of dates and time for the Local Government Elections 2011
    Date & Time Remarks
    06/04/2011 Issuance of Notification calling for Elections for Gewog Tshogdes, Thromde Thuemis to Dzongkhag Tshogdus and in the vacant Dzongkhag Thromde Tshogpa Demkhongs
    07/04/2011 Candidates to initiate process for clearances required for filing Nomination (No Single-Window Service for issue of Clearances)
    15/04/2011 - Commencement of the selection procedure (Zomdu) for Gup and Mangmi – Commencement of the signature process by eligible persons for post of Thromde Thuemi, Gewog or Thromde Tshogpa
    24/04/2011 Freezing of Electoral Roll (Section 125 of the Election Act 2008 authorizes temporary embargo on entries in the Electoral Roll for a period of thirty days before the date of poll)
    25/04/2011 Last date for filing of Nominations of Candidates for Gup, Mangmi, Gewog Tshogpa, Thromde Thuemi and Thromde Tshogpa
    26/04/2011 Scrutiny of Nominations of Candidates & Commencement of the Election Campaign
    28/04/2011 Last date for withdrawal of Candidature
    22/05/2011 (9:00 AM) End of Election Campaign
    24/05/2011 Poll Day and Counting of Results
    25/05/2011 - Declaration of Results & Submission of the Results to the Druk Gyalpo – Start of Election Petition Period
    27/05/2011 Issuance of the Certificate of Election
    03/06/2011 End of Election Petition Period
    (B)Schedule for processing of Postal Ballots for the Local Government Elections 2011
    Date & Time Remarks
    07/04/2011 Eligible Postal Voters to initiate application for Postal Ballot to respective Returning Officer
    28/04/2011 Returning Officer to commence sending Postal Ballot to registered Postal Voters
    29/04/2011 Last date of receipt of Application for Postal Ballots by Returning Officer
    23/05/2011 (5:00 PM) Last day/time for receiving Postal Ballots
    24/05/2011 Poll Day and Counting of Results
    Note:
    A person who applied for Postal Ballot shall not be allowed to vote in person as his/her name will be included in the Postal Voter’s List and struck off from the Voters’ List sent to the Polling Station by the Returning Officer.
    This is issued for compliance.
    Namgye PenjoreChairperson