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1,527 voters cast their ballots in S/Jongkhar

With a large number of voters turning up at the Samdrupjongkhar MSS postal ballot facilitation booth, the voting time extended until 10pm yesterday.  The officials had distributed token to those voters who came before 7pm. A total of 766 voters, which include 356 male and 410 female cast their ballots …

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Gewogs without candidates decided NC elect for Trongsa

With all three candidates from their own gewogs wining the majority of EVM votes, it was the gewogs without candidates that decided Trongsa’s National Council elect. Incumbent Tharchen and Council-elect Tashi Samdrup were neck-in-neck in postal ballot votes. Gyem Dorji who is from Dragteng gewog secured 630 votes of the …

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Bumthang goes for experience

Experience mattered in Bumthang this time.  Incumbent member Nima is one of the five candidates that got re-elected this council elections.  Nima secured 2,551 EVM votes against Kencho Tsheirng’s 2,071. Nima also lead the postal ballot by a difference of 614 votes.  The gap was narrowed by Kencho Tshering’s vote …

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Samdrupjongkhar still wants an incumbent in the house

When Samdrupjongkhar reelected Jigme Wangchuk, the incumbent council member on April 20, he became the lone candidate to serve in the house of review for three consecutive terms. Jigme Wangchuk from Lauri gewog secured the highest number of both postal ballots and EVM votes over five contestants. He lost in …

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Experience and relationship helped me: Chukha NC-elect

Sangay Dorji

Experience and relationship with the community helped Sangay Dorji, 38, win the National Council seat in Chukha.  Sangay Dorji, who served as an educator for 13 years said people see career ladders and experience before they vote. Relationship with the community is important, he added. “I know children from a …

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Lone woman beats 12 candidate in Mongar

NC elect Sonam Pelzom

With 2,406 votes, Mongar elected the lone woman candidate, Sonam Pelzom as their National Council elect yesterday. She secured 1,012 postal ballots and 1,394 EVM votes to beat 12 male candidates including the incumbent member.  Soon after the provisional results were announced, Sonam Pelzom who was at home was bombarded …

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Trashigang NC candidates ask for more common forum time

With just 24 hours to poll day, national council candidates in Trashigang are contemplating if they had covered all the potential voters.  “Meeting every voter within the given time is not possible,” a candidate said. “Given the large number of population, there wasn’t enough time to reach them all.” Trashigang …

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Picture story

Members of the monastic body conduct lhabsang thrusoel, a purification ceremony for electronic voting machines before the 420 election officials left for their polling stations in Wangdue yesterday

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Preparations on for NC elections in Punakha

Punakha has received about 86 percent of conventional postal ballots sent from the dzongkhag. The dzongkhag issued 1,268 postal ballots to civil servants, armed forces working in other dzongkhags and to those who live overseas. Returning Officer has received 1,089 postal ballots until yesterday. Envelope A of the conventional postal …

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Haa readies for NC poll day

More than 130 polling officials were deployed yesterday for the National Council poll-day in 22 polling stations in Haa. Returning Officer (RO) Dorji T said that there are at least three security personnel in every polling station in the dzongkhag. Good coordination with the dzongkhag administration was critical in making …

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Zhemgang deploys 240 officials for poll day

Polling officials leave for their stations in Zhemgang

With only a day left for the National Council poll day, Zhemgang is all set with the preparations and processes. Officials from the returning officer’s (RO) office said that before sending the electronic voting machines (EVMs) to the polling station, all the machines were thoroughly checked to ensure it would …

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