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Training for Bhutan poll officers from February

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 11:23 IST
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The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will train various electoral officers, parties and candidates from next month for the Himalayan nation's first-ever general elections in 2008.

"The parties and candidates would be trained in party management, financial management, and setting up of organisation while they will also be briefed on various laws and regulations," said Chief Election Commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi.

The electoral officers include observers, returning officers, presiding officers, polling officers and counting officers, Bhutan's national newspaper Kuensel reported.

The ECB has already trained at least one member from each household in the country on the electoral process.

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck earlier this month announced the interim appointments of the Chief Election Commissioner, chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the auditor general to facilitate a "democratic constitutional monarchy".

The king had last year said he would abdicate the throne in favour of his eldest son, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, before the country adopts a constitution and elects a Prime Minister next year.

Bhutan also unveiled a 34-point constitution last year which is being sent to the citizens for their views and will be ratified after a referendum.

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