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Only 292 postal ballots received

The number is lower than what PDP candidate had received during the recent general election at 295   By-election: Nanong-Shumar constituency received 292 postal ballots of the 335 the returning officer issued for the by-election. With 11 postal ballot rejections, eight on November 4 and three yesterday, 32 people did not exercise their franchise. Pemagatshel election office received its last lot of 60 postal ballots before noon yesterday and another five ballots through hand post. From the 65 ballots received until 5pm yesterday, three were [... Read More]

November poll date for Nanong-Shumar

While PDP will field its former losing candidate, DPT has yet to decide on one By-election: People in Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel will go to the polls once more in November this year to elect their National Assembly representative. Before that, they will be fed with another round of campaign drill in the election process that will begin in early October. This follows their former elected representative, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president Jigmi Y Thinley tendering his resignation almost two weeks after the general elections last [... Read More]

Former PM’s resignation accepted

Nanong-Shumar constituency will have to go to polls once more to elect a replacement Parliament: Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel will go without a representative in the first session of the second Parliament next month, with the National Assembly speaker accepting the resignation tendered by its elected member, former prime minister Jigmi Y Thinley. With this, the constituency, having officially been declared “vacant”, is up for a by election to elect a National Assembly representative within 90 days from yesterday, the day the application was accepted. [... Read More]

May an MP-elect quit …

… when elected local leaders in the past were dissuaded from doing so by an ECB notification? Analysis: While the National Assembly speaker is yet to decide on the resignation Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president, Jigmi Y Thinley, submitted a week ago, a more pertinent question the move has triggered is whether elected members of Parliament can resign on various grounds? The former prime minister, who was one of 15 members elected to form the opposition, had sought resignation on grounds that he would like to [... Read More]

Lower voter turnout in east

Elections: The six eastern dzongkhags saw less than half the registered voters turn up to cast their votes at the polling stations, as opposed to western dzongkhags, on poll day, the recently compiled election data show. Of the 17 constituencies in Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Pemagatshel, Samdrupjongkhar, Mongar and Lhuentse, Mongar constituency saw the highest turnout, with 49.25 percent votes cast on the electronic voting machines (EVM). In Khar-Yurung constituency, Pemagatshel, of the 8,575 registered voters, only 32.05 percent pressed the EVM to elect candidates of their [... Read More]

“We would like to form a good team”: DPT

oppositionAll set: DPT officiating president Yeshey Zimba with candidates and members of the party at the press conference yesterday

Opposition: A part of the same team with different responsibilities is how Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s officiating president Yeshey Zimba describes the relationship between the ruling and opposing parties. “I think it is time for us to put the past behind and to move forward as a united team,” he said at a press conference yesterday held to officially announce the leader of the opposition. Elected by the party’s executive committee and endorsed during the general meeting, he said former agriculture minister Dr. Pema Gyamtsho was [... Read More]

Election dust settles in Mongar and Lhuentse

mongartownMongar Town: Looking forward to the pledges

People are less concerned about past divisions now and look forward to pledges being met Post Poll: With just three days left for the election petition period to end, the dust has settled down in almost every nook and corner of Mongar and Lhuentse. The discussions and arguments that surfaced following the election outcome on July 13, which dominated many shops, offices, homes and even fields, have now subsided. For now, the little election-related discussions that surface are also those about candidates and pledges, and [... Read More]

DPT will come as the opposition

dptAfter executive meeting: DPT members who received an audience with His Majesty the King yesterday announce the decision

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will come to the Parliament as the opposition. This was decided at an executive meeting yesterday after a select team of 20 people representing the party received an audience with His Majesty the King yesterday. At a press conference last evening, 10 party workers, including an elected candidate, looking rather dismal, conveyed the news. The party’s Thimphu dzongkhag coordinator, Dago Tshering said His Majesty had assured them that “he’d look into the matter and instruct Election Commission of Bhutan accordingly.” So [... Read More]

DNT: Neither gone nor forgotten

dntCandidates and supporters of DNT at the meet

At a recent meet, the party reiterated its intent to contest the 2018 elections Politics: In discussing its way forward, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which couldn’t make it past the primary round in this year’s parliamentary elections, concluded that it will stay put as a party and contest the 2018 elections. This was done at a party conference held on July 20, where its candidates, amid chitchat and “mixed” emotions, raised hands declaring their willingness to re-contest after five years. The party’s general secretary, Tenzin [... Read More]

PDP president Tshering Tobgay is PM-elect

pdpIt’s official: Recently elected National Assembly members receive certificates from chief election commissioner yesterday

He was elected by a secret ballot conducted among the party’s winning candidates  Governance: The winning candidates of the People’s Democratic Party unanimously elected, through a secret ballot, the party president, Tshering Tobgay as the prime minister of the new government yesterday morning in Thimphu. Former South Thimphu candidate, Tandin Wangmo, who is now the party spokesperson, said in a press conference which had several retakes, that article 17, section I of the Constitution states the Druk Gyalpo shall confer dakyen to the leader or [... Read More]

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