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Postal ballots made the difference in Thimphu

Records show voters preferred their own candidates From the details of the council elections on Friday, the five candidates have impressed their voters in the gewogs they represent. Each of them had won with good margin from their gewogs leaving it to the postal ballot to decide. Council-elect Tshewang Rinzin …

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Paro’s choice is man with experience

Paro’s councilor-elect Ugyen Tshering said he knew he would win. The 49-year-old entrepreneur from Goongju, Lamgong, said it was his third time contesting for a seat in the House of Review.  “People told me that they would support me and I was confident,” said Ugyen Tshering. Voters said capability and …

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Incumbency mattered in Lhuentse

Won highest votes in three gewogs  What led to the defeat of the seven incumbents is hard to tell, but in Lhuentse, it is the incumbency that mattered and resulted in Tempa Dorji getting elected for a second term. The NC elect attributes his simplicity, honesty and humility as the …

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The gewogs that decided in Dagana

With candidates from 10 gewogs contesting from Dagana, the four gewogs without a candidate were expected to decide who would represent the Dagaps (people of Dagana). When the results were declared, it was confirmed that the swing gewogs, Tsangkha, Tashiding and Gozhi played a huge role in electing Surjaman Thapa. …

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Incumbent secures the least votes in Yangtse

Karma Gyeltshen

Namesake beats incumbent for a seat in the council In the second National Council (NC) election in 2013, the NC-elect Tashi Phuntsho’s only contestant, Karma Gyeltshen gave him stiff competition. With only two candidates then, Karma Gyeltshen was leading in the postal ballot count, which made Tashi Phuntsho jittery. However, …

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Postal ballots decide councillor for Trashigang

People of Lumang gewog recieve their councillor elect Lhatu after the declaration of the election results on April 21

The April 20 National Council (NC) elections in Trashigang saw former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate, Lhatu, return as Trashigang’s councillor. From Lumang gewog, Lhatu, 51, said the result was as he had expected. He said he had expected postal ballots to be in his favour. He had 762 ballots more …

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NC election not only successful but exemplary too: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner Chogyal Dago Rigdzin declares the 2018 National Council election results

The National Council election process this time was exemplary and every Bhutanese should be proud of the successful election, according to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Chogyal Dago Rigdzin. Declaring the results officially on April 21, the chief attributed the success to a record voter turnout and good participation in …

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An encouraging election

The third National Council election was one of the most actively participated council elections the country saw since its transition into a constitutional democracy a decade ago.  It saw the highest number of candidates, 127 contesting the elections and a record voter turn out of 234,535 voters choosing the 20 …

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Gewogs without candidates give Lhaki Dolma a win

Punakha’s council elect

Her strategy to reach gewogs that didn’t have candidates and her popularity as an actor helped Lhaki Dolma win the National Council seat from Punakha. Punakha had eight NC candidates, of which two were women.  Lhaki Dolma secured the maximum number of votes from her gewog, Dzomi, which saw over …

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