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Bhutan EC delegation in India to witness polls

india Updated: Feb 13, 2007 19:50 IST

A seven-member team from the Election Commission of Bhutan on Tuesday witnessed the assembly polls in Punjab to get first-hand information of the electoral process ahead of the Himalayan kingdom's first general election next year.

The team, led by G Tshering, visited polling booths, interacted with the electorate and met presiding officers and polling duty staff.

Tshering said four lakh eligible electorates would exercise their franchise next year. Electronic voting machines have already been purchased from India and training being imparted to the officials.

Former Bhutan King Jigme Singye Wangchuk abdicated in favour of his son Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk - who is yet to be coronated - last year and declared transforming the nation into a parliamentary democracy.