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More than 5,000 expected to vote at Sarpang’s postal ballot facilitation booths

A young voter casts his ballot at Jigmeling Police Training Institute facilitation booth yesterday

The first day of voting at postal ballot facilitation booths in Sarpang went smoothly. The dzongkhag’s electoral officer, Sonam Wangda, said: “Including two mobile facilitation booths, we are operating five facilitation booths.” The facilitation booths are located at the Sarpang Central School, Gelephu Higher Secondary School, and Jigmeling Police Training …

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Tsirang targets high voter turnout

About 9,000 voters did not turn up in the primary round

Election officials in Tsirang are working extensively to achieve target of 99 percent voter turnout in the general election on October 18. The target is 13 percent more than what was achieved in primary round on September 15. Of the 23,696 registered voters in Tsirang, 86 percent turned up to …

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Know your candidate: Zhemgang

Bardo-Trong DNT Sonam Leki Age: 38 Experience: Teacher.  Education: Bachelors of Education. Describe yourself in three words. Teacher at heart who will serve as politician to the King, country and people. Your priority for the constituency.  Health, Education, Agriculture, Road, IT. One aspect you like and dislike in the ongoing …

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Dophuchen town lacks public toilet facilities

Dorokha town

With road connectivity, Dophuchen has changed in the last decade, but Bazaar Dara town wears a weary look. The town is Dophuchen’s unofficial and only town. Although it is the centre and caters to three gewogs of Dophuchen drungkhag, the town does not have basic amenities such as public toilet …

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Election officials setting up postal ballot facilitation booth in Thimphu yesterday. More than 102,000 registered postal voters are expected to vote at the postal ballot facilitation and mobile booths, which open today across the country. The booths will operate from 9am -7pm from October 10-12.

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Drinking and irrigation water top priority for Shompangkha candidates

After the completion of common forums, the two candidates of Sarpang’s Shompangkha constituency are on their door-to-door campaign to woo the voters.  Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) candidate Deo Kumar Rimal, 34, campaigned door-to-door in Gakiling gewog yesterday. He has a Bachelors of Science in information technology (IT). Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s …

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Tsirang pours out support at DNT meeting

More than a thousand voters turned up for the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa president Lotay Tshering’s meeting yesterday morning.  It was the only meeting for the entire dzongkhag and was streamed live on social media.  Lotay Tshering said that while the country has prospered, the same could not be said about …

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A choice between an uncle and nephew

For the people of Chhoekhor-Tang constituency in Bumthang, the choice is between an uncle and a nephew. The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) candidate, Dawa will face his uncle the president of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), Pema Gyamtsho. The constituency’s public debate yesterday was a much-awaited one for the people here. …

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Three warned and fined for abetting disharmony in S/jongkhar

Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag dispute settlement body yesterday warned and fined three men with Nu 3,750 each for abetting disharmony and creating false rumours. The three were charged for violating section 519 and 521 of the Election Act, 2008. This was after Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) dzongkhag coordinator Tshering Dorji submitted a …

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Man warned and fined for criticising DNT president

The Pemagatshel dzongkhag election dispute settlement body, on October 8, warned and slapped a fine of Nu 6,450 to Cheku Wangyel from Nangkor in Shumar gewog for criticising the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) president, Lotay Tshering and the party supporters. The dispute settlement body found that Cheku Wangyel, in a …

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Gasa Soechu handed over to the people of Gasa

Gasa dzongkhag administration handed over to the people, the first Community owned Company (CoC), Gasa Soechu, which produces bottled spring water at the Driving Dzongkhag Development Centre (DDDC) on October 8.  The CoC that produced bottled spring water in glass bottle will bottle the water in both plastic and glass …

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Bad road between Mongar and Gangula irks commuters

The stretch is riddled with potholes

The road widening between Mongar and Gangula, which was supposed to complete by February this year, is only 50 percent complete. The delayed road construction has not only affected commuters but also farmers living along the roadside. Tshewang Choden, 30, from Hurungpam in Mongar gewog said that before the road …

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