Rinzin Rinzin (left) and Tempa Dorji at a common forum in Dungkar
…but Lhuentse opted for change
The problem in Lhuentse, voters said, was that both their council candidates were “equally good”.
As such, when the race heated up, the voters decided to go for the new candidate, with the reasoning that they have already given the other candidate, the council incumbent, a chance.
Thus, when the result was announced, it was not much of a surprise.
Tempa Dorji, 45, of Jarey gewog, beat incumbent Rinzin Rinzin, 44, from Khoma gewog, [... Read More]
Aum Rinchen Lhamo, 54 is happy that double paddy plantation on her field is likely to yield well
Reviving a practice that died about a decade ago following security issues
It is not yet season for paddy transplantation, still a patch of paddy field in Phuntshothang gewog, Samdrupjongkhar already wears a green look amid brown untilled terraced surroundings.
It is only towards the end of May that farmers of the gewog begin tilling their fields and transplanting paddy sometime in June.
Samdrupjongkhar’s maximum rice growing dungkhag, Samdrupchholing (Bhangtar) has, this year, begun double-cropping and four households [... Read More]
Proposed names: Rhododendron khochii and princenamgiae
Plant and flower enthusiasts have two more names to add to their list.
Officials of the nature recreation and eco-tourism division and the royal botanical park at Lamperi under the forest department have recorded two new species of rhododendron last week.
The department’s information and communication officer, Ugyen Tshering, said park officials, while collecting rhododendron flowers for the upcoming festival, found the plant species at Dochula, between 2,600m to 3,600m above sea level.
Of the two new species, [... Read More]
Fire doused: Fire fighters scan the area while expatriate workers and residents in the locality look on
An open-air fire that construction workers made to keep warm from the recent chill that came with the recent showers, fire fighters believe caused the blaze at Kabe Rongchhu under Babesa in Thimphu.
The fire, which started around 4:45pm on April 23 destroyed Sonam Furniture’s machines, wood stored to make furniture and finished furniture products.
It also consumed grocery items from a grocery store adjacent it, including other personal belongings.
Furniture house owner Ugyen Wangdi from Pemagatshel claimed [... Read More]
The chosen one: Jigme Rinzin walks out of Khothakpa community primary school polling station after casting his vote on April 23
The difference was winning over the ‘neutral’ gewogs by a large margin
While all three council candidates of Pemagatshel secured the highest votes from the gewog (county) that nominated them, councillor elect Jigme Rinzin, 41, managed to secure highest votes from the other eight gewogs in the dzongkhag (district).
After Shumar, Jigme Rinzin’s gewog, which gave him 817 votes, the highest, Zobel gewog also gave him 449 of 629 votes cast on council poll day, April 23. [... Read More]
A well-wisher congratulates Trongsa winnerTharchen(R)
A sentiment that was replicated in other dzongkhags as well
When it boiled down to three candidates in Trongsa for the National Council election, words spread that it would be either of the two newcomers.
Not because they didn’t like their former council representative, Dr Jagar Dorji, who was also in the race, as one local leader diplomatically put it.
“But because the two newcomers appeared promising and were worth giving a chance,” he said.
Rightly so, when postal [... Read More]
The two candidates watch sealing of EVMs on the eve of the NC elections
He won by big margin in gewogs he considered his stronghold and lost by negligible difference in others
Results for Trashiyangtse National Council elections held on April 23 shows that of the eight gewogs the dzongkhag comprised, five favoured the NC-elect, Tashi Phuntsho from Yalang gewog.
He garnered support from Tingshang, Toedtsho, Yangtse, Khamdang and Yalang.
His opponent, Karma Gyeltshen from Ramjar had secured votes in his favour from Jamkhar, Ramjar and Bumdeling gewogs.
In Yalang, Tashi Phuntsho secured [... Read More]
10,675 people cast their votes for the council elections in Chukha
That just over half the electorate voted reflects the council’s importance to them
Not fully understanding the importance of council members is of the reasons for low voter turnout in Chukha dzongkhag. The district saw only 10,675 of 21,253 registered voters participate in the council election on April 23.
Gewogs (counties) of Darla with 4,701 voters and Bongo with 3,566, the highest, had turnouts of only 2,172 and 1,259 respectively. In Geling, 257 of 747 voters cast [... Read More]
Ugyen Lham, 80, at Tsaphel Lower Secondary School under Kartshog gewog
For a variety of reasons, many eligible voters of the dzongkhag did not exercise their franchise
More than 50 percent of Haa’s eligible voters participated in the second National Council elections.
Of the total 6,869 eligible voters in the dzongkhag, 3,233 people cast their votes. Of these, 1,755 were female and 1,478 were male. In the first council election, 2,533 people had showed up to vote.
Returning officer, Rinzin Penjor, said, to encourage more people to vote, they [... Read More]
One could go as far as to say that the chosen one was chosen even before poll day
While the emergence of seven candidates from the southern district of Samtse did give rise to speculation that votes could split and likely winners would lose out, nothing of the sort happened.
Long before poll day, many voters of the district with the largest vote bank, and where a former councillor was not re-contesting, said contestant Sangay Khandu, 37, [... Read More]