• Chief Election Commissioner Chogyal Dago Rigdzin declares the official results of the general election yesterday at Democracy House, Thimphu

    Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won 54 percent of the total votes

    The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) officially declared Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which won 30 constituencies as the third elected government yesterday. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), which won in 17 constituencies, was declared the opposition party.

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DNT will form an inclusive government

Prime Minister elect Lotay Tshering catches up with colleagues before the press conference yesterday

The new government-elect, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, will scrutinize the competence of its ministerial candidates and ensure that they maintain a regionally balanced Cabinet. DNT president Lotay Tshering, at a press conference yesterday, said there will not be any issues on deciding the ministerial candidates as some good candidates from …

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When the country went to the polls…

If going to the polls is difficult, conducting elections is not an easy affair. With the elections over, the Election Commission of Bhutan shared their stories on how they conducted the 2018 Assembly elections yesterday. In Paro, the dzongkhag deployed an all-women team at the Drugyel polling station on October …

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Nyamrup’s popular Dechen

Amiable, unassuming and genuine is how voters of North-Thimphu describe their Member of Parliament elect, Dechen Wangmo. What struck many of them was her friendly nature. Pitched against one of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s prominent female candidates, Lily Wangchuk, Dechen Wangmo, a novice in politics, found herself in untested waters. She …

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Voluntary service and postal ballots decide for Gasa

Gasa elected a candidate who contested thrice, Tenzin and the youngest female candidate, Yeshey Dem to represent the dzongkhag in the parliament on October 18.  Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) Khatoed Laya candidate, Tenzin secured a landslide victory, 320 more votes than Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) Changa Dawa. The former won …

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DNT breaks DPT stronghold in Trashigang

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) move to woo voters in the east worked to an extent with the party winning five of the 17 constituencies in the six eastern dzongkhags in the general election on October 18.  The party won in two of the five constituencies in Trashigang, which was considered …

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How DNT won Punakha?

After the provisional results of the general election were broadcast on the evening of October 18, people of Kabisa gewog in Punakha agreed that the election result is something that nobody can predict. Kabisa had equal support for Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), according to voters …

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DNT connected with voters in Sarpang

It was expected. That the people of Sarpang would vote in the Nyamrup spirit came true when the returning officers of the dzongkhag’s two constituencies declared the election results in the evening of October 18. In the Shompangkha constituency, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) candidate Tek Bdr Rai won 7,018 …

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A hatrick for Dorji Wangdi

He is the face of the party to most Bhutanese, the most vocal Member of Parliament when in Opposition and a former minister. Nobody doubted that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s Pangbang candidate, Dorji Wangdi would lose. On Thursday, despite a technical glitch that declared him as the runners-up briefly, the former …

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Why Trashiyangtse chose DPT?

As they had voted in the primary round, the people of Tashiyangtse chose Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) over Druk Nyumrup Tshogpa (DNT) in the general elections.  DPT secured 56.3 percent of the total votes cast through the electronic voting machine (EVM) and postal ballots in both the constituencies.  In Bomdeling_ …

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Gewogs with most people decide Lhuentse

In politics, there are so many factors that can sway results. In Bhutan, one is being born in a gewog with a huge population. This factor played a major role in Nyamrup’s Kinga Penjor win the Gangzur-Minjey constituency in the 2018 general election. Kinga Penjor is from Gangzur gewog, the …

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Leadership and postal ballots decide for Bumthang 

DPT’s Pema Gyamtsho and Karma Wangchuk during campaign in Tangsibi, Ura gewog

Bumthang held on with the cranes because of the leadership Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has in Pema Gyamtsho, the Chhoekhor-Tang candidate. Even before the polls, a majority of people expected him to win by a huge margin. Pema Gyamtsho secured more than double the votes Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s candidate (DNT) …

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Experience steers Samdrupjongkhar to choose DPT

Samdrupjongkhar switched to Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) this election from its 2013 choice for People’s Democratic Party (PDP). While the voters and supporters of PDP were a crucial factor in the general round of elections in Samdrupjongkhar, DPT candidates’ popularity and manifesto led them to victory. Since the primary round …

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