Women politicians in the fray are, however, confident there will be more of them in the House this time
If primary round results are any indication, the country could experience a repeat of 2008, when it comes to electing women National Assembly representatives.
For the ongoing general elections, 10 women candidates, five from Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and another five from People’s Democratic Party, are contesting.
However, in the case of Thrimshing-Kangpara in Trashigang, with Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s Dorji [... Read More]
With cordycep picking season on, election officials are worried if there would be people in communities up north
Given the vagaries of weather in the country’s north, a common forum for candidates of the four political parties during the primaries could not be organised.
For the National Council elections, some candidates had to bear helicopter hiring cost so they could make it to the communities up north to campaign.
For the general round of the National Assembly election, [... Read More]
PDP’s MK Chhetri and DPT’s Lila Pradhan share a moment before their public debate yesterday in Samtse
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has lodged a complaint to the election commission officials with an evidence to prove their initial allegations of their opponent in the general election being a three-party coalition.
A DPT supporter attending People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong candidate Norbu Wangchuk’s campaign had recorded his speech.
In his recent speech to the people of Dothphu in Udzorong on 13 June, Norbu Wangchuk was recorded saying PDP, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa [... Read More]
Constituents want to extract their pound of flesh, so to speak, this time around
Lhuentse voters swear to be picky, when it comes to electing a National Assembly representative this time.
Being one of the least developed districts in the country, they would want to go for a party and a candidate that was capable of addressing their development issues hereon.
This was echoed among the voters, who had come to attend the first public debate in the [... Read More]
Amidst the mudslinging and allegations being bandied about, which is only to be expected in an election campaign, one thing that emerges is how candidates are going around campaigning to net voters.
Party candidates are finding novel ways to get to rural voters, who are busy with farm work as it is the height of the farming season.
Instead of trying to organise a meeting during the day, where nobody is likely to show up, candidates have [... Read More]
Boy’s mother and grandmother handed a one-and-a-half year prison term
After he survived abandonment by his mother soon after he was born, it’s his citizenship status that a 22-month old boy is now awaiting in Toetsho gewog, Trashiyangtse.
On August 13, 2011, the boy was found buried in the ground near a footpath in Dilisham village, not far from the Drangmechu riverbank.
A group of villagers, who had heard his cries from the forest, found the baby on [... Read More]
Five SD Eastern Bhutan Ferrosilicon officials were robbed off INR 132,000 and Nu 3,000 at gunpoint on June 15 evening.
According to police, the officials were driving with the cash to the silicon factory from their head office in Samdrupjongkhar town when the incident occurred. SD Ferrosilicon factory is about eight kilometres away from Samdrupjongkhar town.
There are no settlements in that stretch that runs along the border. Except for coal transporting truckers from mines in Dewathang [... Read More]
These include the actual perpetrators plus those who aided and abetted
Zhemgang district court sentenced nine people, eight men and a woman, to prison terms ranging from two to 15 years imprisonment for their involvement in the burglary of a 330-page serge jatongpa, a religious gold scripture, from Nyakhar lhakhang in Zhemgang last January.
The Nyakhar village tshampa, a hermit, who lives a few metres away from the lhakhang, Kencho Dorji, was sentenced to 15 years in [... Read More]