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Bhutan Holds Second Round of Mock Voting


The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is holding a second round of mock elections Monday in preparation for next year's first-ever democratic elections.

Officials say voters will choose between the fictitious Druk Yellow Party, which focuses on maintaining Bhutan's traditions and culture, and the Druk Red Party, which is pro-industry and development.

Observers from the United Nations, Denmark and India will be monitoring the civic exercise.

Bhutan held its first round of mock parliamentary balloting in April, with voters choosing from four fictitious parties. Officials say just over half of 300-thousand registered voters participated.

The mock voting process is intended to familiarize voters and electoral officials with voting procedure as the country prepares to move from a monarchy to a parliamentary democracy next year.
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