While less than 50 percent voters made it, the result was not in favour of most former council members and women candidates
About 45.17 percent of the Bhutanese electorate went to polls yesterday to vote in 20 representatives that will be a part of the country’s second National Council members.
This means about 171,564 of the total 379,819 registered voters could make their votes count.
Of the total, 23,967 votes were cast via post while the rest [... Read More]
Securing a total of 2,083 votes including 221 postal ballots, Langthel gewog’s candidate Tharchen emerged as Trongsa dzongkhag’s councillor-elect in yesterday’s poll.
Tharchen, who was at his uncle’s house in Langthel last evening, said he was proud and excited. “My victory was because of my eight years of service as school principal in two gewogs,” he said. “People voted for me because of my service in the gewogs,” he said.
As principal he improved the school’s infrastructure [... Read More]
Former councillor Jigme Wangchuk,33 from Lauri gewog, was once again re-elected by Samdrupjongkhar district as their councillor.
He secured 5,213 votes including 969 postal ballot votes beating the next candidate, Orong gewog’s Kinga Dorji’s by 2,779 votes.
Sangay Lhendup of Dewathang throm who also contested the 2008 election secured 1,784 votes of which 27 were postal votes.
Jigme Wangchuk who was in his village in Lauri last evening said he truly trusted and believed in the people of [... Read More]
Babesa school polling station: Voters at Thimphu queue to cast their ballots
For people of Thimphu at various polling stations voting for their National Council representative, it was about choosing one of the three, not just new, but young candidates.
A voter from Babesa was heard shouting on his mobile phone to a friend at another polling station that it was all children (aloo) this time that they had to choose from.
Aged 26, 28 and 29 years, Thimphu voters elected the 28-year-old candidate from Chang gewog Nima Gyeltshen [... Read More]
Until the last moment many people speculated that the contest in Mongar would be between former councillor Naichu of Saling gewog and former teacher Tshering Wangchen of Narang.
The third candidate Sonam Wangchuk, 26, of Ngatshang gewog was not even in the picture.
But when the council poll day results were declared last evening at around 8 pm it was Sonam Wangchuk who came out on top by a narrow margin.
Just three hours ago he had become [... Read More]
Securing about 48.4 percent of the total votes cast in the district, Nima of Tang gewog, Bumthang, made it to the second batch of National Council.
The result hardly came as a surprise since people had already warmed up to him during the campaign period. His “friendly” attitude, the way he spoke, his work experience and qualification, had suited well with the people.
Out of 19 polling stations in Bumthang, Nima led in 10, securing the highest [... Read More]
Of the six candidates contesting Tsirang dzongkhag chose former BPC (rural electrification) manager Kamal Bahadur Gurung as their candidate to the national council in yesterday’s election.
He secured 2,165 votes followed by Passang Thingh Tamang with 1,917, Shyam Basnet with 1,755, Novin Darlami with 1,527, Sangay Tamang with 1,155. Former councillor Justin Gurung secured only 391 votes.
Kamal Gurung, who contested from Mendrelgang gewog, also got the highest postal ballots with 216. Shyam Basnet got 195, Justin [... Read More]
It looked like the rainy weather could sabotage the country’s second round of parliamentary elections, starting with the national council elections.
But despite the grim forecasts, poll day, yesterday, the weather turned out to be better than expected, as if the Almighty knew what was at stake.
After several unsuccessful attempts in the past few days, a different private chopper that ECB hired yesterday successfully dropped off polling officials and electronic voting machines (EVM) to the northern [... Read More]
Former councillor Tshering Dorji enjoyed a landslide yesterday in the National Council election in Haa.
The 38-year-old secured 1,866 votes – 1,630 from EVM and 236 through postal ballots – to seal a comfortable victory.
Candidates competing for the same seat in the council, Samar gewog’s Khandu Wangchuk secured 634 votes, followed by thromde’s representative, Choda Jamtsho with 631 votes. Contesting from Kartshog gewog, Tenzin Norbu secured 480 votes.
Tshering Dorji said the results took him by surprise [... Read More]
The “yes” votes from postal ballots exceeded the sum of “no” votes from both postal ballots and EVMs
It was not a surprise, neither for the candidate nor for the voters who waited to find out how the lone nominee fared in the National Council election in Trashigang.
The curiosity was more about finding out how the “no” votes compared with the “yes” ones for Trashigang’s former council candidate Sonam Kinga who was re-contesting for the seat [... Read More]