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Bhutan poll panel asks parties to register by July

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 13:41 IST

Bhutan's poll panel has announced that political parties should register with it by July for the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2008.

"Anybody interested in joining political parties should decide by June or July," said Chief Election Commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi.

"Civil servants interested in politics should seriously decide and prepare by June," the state-run daily Kuensel quoted him as saying.

According to the Himalayan kingdom's draft rule on party formation, an application for registration of a political party should be sent to the commission within one month of its formation.

While the news might be a relief to those engaged in political ground work, some feel the process is moving slow.

They point out that the delimitation exercise, which would ensure equal weightage of votes from different regions, is being delayed.

"There is only one year left for the elections and the constituencies are not yet demarcated," said a civil servant who is planning to resign and join politics.

"According to the commission, the number of constituencies would be based on registered voters but people are not registering."

But Wangdi said the commission was mandated to "have a free and fair election", adding the time taken for delimitation would not affect the electoral process.