Kunzang Wangdi

Chief Election Commissioner
Bhutan
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Critical Tasks: 
Training
Voter registration
Interviewers: 
Rohan Mukherjee
Country of Reform: 
Bhutan
Town/City: 
Thimphu
Place (Building/Street): 
Election Commission of Bhutan
Country: 
Bhutan
Date of Interview: 
Monday, November 16, 2009
Abstract 
Kunzang Wangdi explains how, in his role as chief election commissioner of Bhutan, he set up and ran the country’s first democratic elections in 2008.  Wangdi explains the process that led up to the first election, including drafting laws and operationalizing the constitution, creating and managing a voter-registration process, training election workers and educating citizens on their role in a democratic process.  He discusses working with international observers and the media, reaching voters in remote areas, using electronic voting machines and moving forward for future elections.  Wangdi touches on the issue of security during the election and also explains Bhutan’s use of a mock election in 2007 to prepare election workers and voters for the electoral process.
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At the time of this interview, Kunzang Wangdi was chief election commissioner of Bhutan.  In that capacity he set up and ran Bhutan’s first democratic elections.  Prior to his appointment as commissioner in 2005, Wangdi served as auditor general of Bhutan’s Royal Audit Authority.  He was also director of the Royal Institute of Management.  Wangdi began working for Bhutan’s civil service in 1977.  He received a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Stephens College in India and completed a master’s degree in public administration at Penn State.

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Bhutanese
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Keywords 
codes of conduct
communications
Election Management Body
election security
electronic voting
media relations
monitoring
recruitment
rural voter registration
training
vote counting
voter education
Voter Registration