Going by the number of postal ballot applications received by the returning officer (RO) in Pemagatshel, election this time is not generating too much interest in the voters.
The constituency received just 368 ballot applications from the three gewogs of Nanong, Zobel and Shumar.
The RO rejected 33 ballot applications from unregistered applicants, letting pass only 335 applications.
“Although all those registered during the last general elections are eligible for postal ballots, the number of applications so far received is very low. However, for all those who are eligible, we have already issued postal ballot,” said Sonam Bumtap, Returning Officer.
Nanong-Shumar constituency received a high of 1,785 postal ballot applications during the primary elections, and 1,563 applications for the general elections held this year. Given the figures, the applications for the upcoming by-election constitute a mere 20 percent of the primary and 23 percent of the general election.
Of the three gewogs of the constituency, only 98 applications were accepted.
There were 131 applications for postal ballot from Zobel gewog. Fourteen were rejected. In Nanong, 10 applications were rejected.
Of the total of 368 applications, 229 were male applicants, 139 female.