Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 5:33 AM

People choose cranes and horse

Out with the new and on with the old

Following the first-ever primary round of National Assembly elections where four political parties contested, Bhutan is back to the two it had during the first parliamentary elections in 2008 to contest the general elections hereon.
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Securing the maximum number of votes from across the country during the poll yesterday, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will go on [... Read More]

Votes were for the party


It was dark. Chungkhar village had fallen silent except for the insects and a dozen people sitting on chairs, their eyes fixed on a huge television fixed in a tent pitched outside Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) president Jigmi Y Thinley’s residence.

Each time DPT won in a constituency, they shouted and clapped. DPT president along with a few supporters was inside his residence watching the results on BBS.
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A convincing second


“The two parties that get through the primaries must remember that they carry the mandate of the people to fulfill their hopes and aspirations, and to contribute to realising the noble vision of the monarchs,” People’s Democratic party (PDP) president and former opposition leader, Tshering Tobgay, said on the party making it through to the general round.
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PDP secured 12 of 47 constituencies in the national assembly primary [... Read More]


Reading the results

Unlike the national council elections, held more than a month ago, the skies did not clear up to make for a more convenient primary round election held yesterday, the country’s first.

In fact, it continued to rain, causing landslides, washing away bridges and drenching voters.

Yet the electorate came out, more than the numbers that did for the council election, with their umbrellas and makeshift raincoats, some walking for hours, some risking life and limb, to choose [... Read More]

We’ll have 5 years to plan better: DCT president

liliDCT president Lily Wangchhuk

Quite contrary of an expected glum on the face of a party president that took a trouncing in the primary election yesterday, Druk Chirwang Tshogpa’s (DCT) Lily Wangchhuk rather beamed with optimism.

DCT lost in all of the country’s 47 constituencies securing slightly over 12,000 votes of more than 210,000 cast.
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Perhaps it had to do with the familial bond she chose to surround herself with, but the president who [... Read More]

DPT dominance in Trashigang

d-choden2Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa president Dorji Choden

Despite having to introduce two new candidates in the dzongkhag, Druk Phuensum tshogpa managed to sweep votes in Trashigang.

Of the total votes cast in the 79 polling stations spread over the 15 gewogs and through postal ballots, the party secured a total of 9,918 votes from five constituencies.

Trashigang had a total of 20,113 voters and 5,676 voted through postal ballots.
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About 2,328 voters had cast their postal votes in [... Read More]

DPT sweeps Thimphu votes

The almost a month-long uncertainty that Thimphu electorate were gripped with on how people would vote for the four political parties was quelled yesterday.

In the words of a voter at Kabesa polling station, spoilt for choice as residents of Thimphu were, it was about how people would choose between a former minister Yeshey Zimba and a much sought-after medical specialist, Dr Lotay Tshering in Thimphu’s south constituency.
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Trongsa sticks with DPT …

IMG_1612Both male and female turned up in equal numbers at Sherabling poll booth

… though PDP came a pretty close and creditable second

The central district of Trongsa chose Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) as their first choice to go into the general round, giving it 2,537 votes.

The People’s Democratic party (PDP) followed with 1,865 votes.  The other two parties, Druk Chirwang tshogpa (DCT) and Druk Nyamrup tshogpa  (DNT) secured 182 and 634 votes respectively.
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Extremely happy with the result, Nidup Zangpo, the DPT [... Read More]

DPT bag Gasa with PDP a close second

IMG_9735A security personnel frisks a male voter at the Gasa primary school polling station

Voters in the remote dzongkhag defied the elements to exercise their valued franchise

The electorate of the largest dzongkhag with the least voters chose the Druk Phuensum tshogpa (DPT) and the People’s Democratic party (PDP) to contest the general elections in yesterday’s primary poll.

The DPT secured a total of 586 votes, followed by PDP with 504 votes.  Druk Nyamrup tshogpa (DNT) secured 212 votes and Druk Chirwang tshogpa (DCT) got 69 votes.
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DPT draws a blank in Chukha

IMG_2544I cast my ballot: A voter in Chukha

DNT took the Phuentsholing seat and Bongo went to PDP

In the hustle and bustle of the primary elections yesterday, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) sprung a surprise, when it won the Phuentsholing constituency with 1,869 votes.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) followed with 1,769 votes, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) secured 1,512 and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) 488 votes.
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The results included the electronic voting machine count, which was 1,807 for DNT, [... Read More]