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DPT to wrap up campaign in Mongar 

DPT president with the people of Nanong_Shumar in Pemagatshel yesterday

After campaigning in Nanong-Shumar, Pemagatshel, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa president, Pema Gyamtsho met with the people of Nganglam yesterday. The president will move to Mongar today, where he will wrap up his campaign. Save for Zhemgang, the president has visited all the dzongkhags in a span of less than 25 …

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7,500 vote at facilitation booths in Wangdue and Punakha

Polling and election officials close the facilitation booth at Khuruthang TTI in Punakha

As the postal ballot facilitation booths ceased operation at 7pm on September 12, Punakha saw voter turnout of 81.24 percent, more by eight percent from the primary round of the elections. Lingmukha-Toedwag’s returning officer, Kinley Dorji, said voter turnout was good this time because the office of the returning officer in Punakha had personally called all the …

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Encouraging differently-abled people to vote

Electoral officials in Tsirang are trying to make EVM voting possible for the differently-abled voters. There are at least 240 differently-abled eligible voters in the dzongkhag. The voter education session for the differently-abled people was conducted through ‘reaching the unreached’ initiative before the primary round. Dzongkhag electoral officer, Kibu Zangpo, …

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DHI Business Acceleration Programme begins

The first cohort of the training programme will finish on February 14, 2019 (Photo: DHI)

The DHI Business Acceleration Programme, DHI BizAP, began on October 13 at the start-up center in Changzamtog Thimphu. Chief advisor of the interim government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk inaugurated the opening. The entrepreneurship programme covers training and skill development,which will sharpen the entrepreneurs’ value proposition, define target market, get market feedback …

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How DNT and DPT looks at votes from Samtse

Uttaray village in Samtse

In Uttaray, a small hamlet in Samtse, 70-year-old Bhansingh Ghalley has not been feeling well lately. An eligible voter of Phuentshopelri-Samtse constituency in Samtse, he is determined vote on Thursday. Uttary is about 11km from Samtse town towards Dorokha. A small farm road connects the village to the Samtse-Dorokha highway. …

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Wangdue and Punakha to deploy 377 polling officials for the poll day

Polling officials in Punakha attend the first day of the two-day refreshers course at Khuruthang TTI hall yesterday

With just two days left for the poll day of the general election, the office of the returning officer in Wangdue and Punakha are readying to dispatch polling officials to the polling stations. A two-day refreshers course for the polling officials began yesterday. Returning officer of Punakha’s Kabisa-Talog constituency, Norbu Zangmo, …

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Sarpang prepares for general election 

The Maokhola swells every monsoon, posing risk to the people

A majority of voters in the two constituencies of Sarpang will head to the polls amid preparations for Dassain, which falls on October 19, the day after the general election polls. With a total of 30,183 registered voters, Sarpang is the fourth largest dzongkhag after Trashigang, Samtse and Mongar in …

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Widening work in Yangtse irks commuters

Commuters say it is difficult for small vehicles to pass through the muddy sludge

After years of hold-up, widening project along the Doksum-Yangtse highway has began in June this year. But the project has been causing inconveniences both for the commuters and the contractors. As the road remains blocked most of the time, service delivery is being affected, say dzongkhag officials. An official who …

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Facilitation booths in Paro see 5,389 voters

Students cast votes at a mobile facilitation booth at Wangsel Institute in Paro

Of the 6,723 registered voters in Paro, 5,389 voters cast their votes taking the voter turnout to 80.16 percent through the postal ballot facilitation booths between 10 and 12 October.  One of the voters, Pem Zam, a teacher at the Early Childhood Care and Development Centre (ECCD), said that it …

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Tight race for the candidates of Khatoed-Laya

Most households in Laya, Gasa are planning to divide their votes between the candidates of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT). DPT’s Changa Dawa and DNT’s Tenzin are both from Laya. Many in the community feel that the votes from lower Gasa will decide who goes to …

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Lhuentse voters reluctant to discuss politics 

Most farmers in Lhuentse are busy harvesting paddy

The voters of Lhuentse are busy in their farms even though the campaign period is at its peak. In the far-flung villages, most farmers are busy harvesting paddy so that they don’t lose it to wild boars and the unseasonal wind. Nobody talks about politics and when asked why, they …

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PB FB voter turnout increases by 3 percent in Trashiyangtse

Postal ballot facilitation booths in Trashiyangtse saw voter turnout of 88.33 percent. A total of 1,603 registered voters, 723 male and 693 female, cast their ballots in the two postal ballot facilitation booths (FB) in the last three days. From the two facilitation booths, Tshenkharla Central School (TCS) and Yangtse …

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