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Why Pemagatshel remains a DPT stronghold

When it comes to parliamentary elections, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) can bank on Pemagatshel for votes. Pemagatshel gave the country its first elected prime minister and since 2008, the party has been enjoying landslide victory in the dzongkhag. In the recent primary round, DPT won a total of 10,682 votes …

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Two ministers lose in Trashigang as it votes for change

Voters queue outside Rongthong polling station in Kanglung

Trashigang is the only dzongkhag where two ministers lost in the recent primary round. The People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) move to garner support from Trashigang by taking in Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s candidates in 2013 and giving them ministers’ portfolios did not help change the people’s support for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa …

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The primary votes 

Voters queue at the Jigme Losel Primary School polling station in Thimphu on poll day

The people not only voted for change this primary round of the national assembly elections. The way they voted has also changed. In the first primary election where 82 percent of the total votes were cast on the electronic voting machine (EVM) and 18 percent through postal ballots, the second round …

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ECB asks DNT and DPT to nominate candidates

Final: The Election Commission of Bhutan declares the official results of the primary round yesterday

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has called the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to nominate their candidates to contest for the general elections starting today. During the declaration of the primary round results yesterday, chief election commissioner, Chogyal Dago Rigzin said DNT and DPT, as …

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Voter turnout in Bumthang over 75 percent

Bumthaps have been with the cranes in every National Assembly elections. Of the two constituencies, Chhoekhor-Tang has been the stronghold of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) ever since the first election in 2008. This had further strengthened in 2018 primary as the DPT president hails from Tang. Prior to the polls, …

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Cranes roost in Trashiyangtse

Trashiyangtse is a home for the black-necked cranes. Every winter, the birds roost in the paddy fields of Boomdeling and in the fields above the small Yangtse town. The winter habitat provides a safe sanctuary for the migratory birds. Yangtsips love the bird that is protected by law. On Saturday, …

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How Punakha went for change

About 35.6 percent of the people in Punakha voted for Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) in the primary round. Punakha saw a total of 11,977 people turning up to cast their votes in the two constituencies – Lingmukha-Toedwang and Kabisa-Talo. Of the total voters, 4,269 people voted for DNT. From Lingmukha-Toedwang …

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Samtse after the primary round

The small town of Norbugang (Chengmari) was bustling yesterday. As people who had come to vote stood by the road, taxis zoomed in frequently to pick them. In one of the shops, Bishnu Maya Biswa was making doma. People frequently sat by the two benches outside her shop waiting for …

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PDP wins in both constituencies of Haa

The result was expected in Haa. There were no surprises. With the president of People’s Democratic Party, Tshering Tobgay contesting from Haa, no party was expected to spoil the party. PDP won a landslide victory in Haa. Of about 3,645 registered voters in the Sangbaykha constituency, only about 1,629 people …

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Former minister beaten in his constituency

A few days before the country went to poll, rumours were ripe that majority of the voters in the Maenbi-Tshenkhar constituency, one of the two constituencies in remote Lhuentse are with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It was because the constituency was a PDP stronghold in 2013 where the former …

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