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]
The country largest dzongkhag, Gasa re-elected its former councillor Sangay Khandu to represent them at the National Council for a second term.
Council-elect Sangay Khandu secured 603 votes of the total 1,352 that were cast.
From Khatoed gewog, which has the least number of eligible voters of Gasa’s four, Sangay Khandu secured 565 votes through electronic voting machine (EVM) and 38 votes in postal ballots.
The two other candidates in the race with him, Tenzin secured 407 votes [... Read More]
All about choice: Tshewang Lhamo and Pema Tenzin
Pema Tenzin, 33, from Chapcha won more than 66 percent of the votes cast to become the district’s councillor elect.
He secured a total of 6,995 votes almost double of the 3,680 votes secured by 32-year-old former councillor Tshewang Lhamo. Of the postal ballots Pema Tenzin got 426 and Tshewang Lhamo 251.
Around 50 percent of the 21,253 registered voters in the district turned up to vote.
“I have mixed feelings winning the election,” Pema Tenzin said adding [... Read More]
All smiles: Dhan Bahadur after the results were declared
About 50 percent of total eligible voters in the southern border district of Sarpang cast their ballot to elect Dhan Bahadur Monger, 33, a former employee of Bank of Bhutan, as their councillor.
The councillor-elect who lost in the 2008 council elections contested from Dekiling gewog, which has the highest number of voters at 3,424.
But he also won from Jigmecholling gewog, which nominated Sonam Doeker who stood second after the votes were added up. Dhan’s wife [... Read More]
Until votes from the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were counted, Trashiyangtse National Council candidate from Yalang gewog, Tashi Phuntsho, was a little uneasy.
Going by the postal ballots, which were counted first, Tashi Phuntsho had lost by 128 votes to the other candidate running for the same seat, Karma Gyeltshen from Jamkhar, who had secured 637 votes through postal ballots against the former’s 509.
When the votes from the machines did arrive, Tashi Phuntsho had 2,717 votes [... Read More]
Tashi Dorji: At ease at his father’s place in Bajo
People of Wangduephodrang chose Tashi Dorji, 31, from Rubesa as their council representative yesterday in an election that saw a voter turnout of around 58 percent.
The former tour operator secured 5,848 votes. Former councillor Sonam Yangchen got 3,540 votes and Chado Namgyal 723 votes.
A total of 10,111 votes were cast, including 900 postal ballots. Tashi Dorji got 422 postal ballots.
Sonam Yangchen got 384 votes and Chado Namgyal got 94 votes.
Wangdue has 17,673 eligible voters of [... Read More]
Educationist Rinzin Dorji, 49, securing 3,449 votes, 685 votes more than the other candidate to become Punakha’s councillor elect.
Actor and singer Namgay Dorji, 31, managed to secure 2,764 votes of which 494 votes were postal ballots. Rinzin Dorji secured 315 postal votes.
With 30 polling stations spread across 11 gewogs in Punakha, the highest voter turnout was at Toepaisa gewog with 625 voters and the lowest in Goenshari gewogs with 182 voters. There are 14,641 eligible [... Read More]
The central district of Zhemgang gave Pema Drakpa, 44, a decisive victory giving him 2,413 votes to become the district’s councillor elect in yesterday’s polls.
The former program director of the agriculture department’s national harvest centre was ahead of the next Yeshi Tshomo, who came in second by 1,194 votes. (Yeshi Tshomo secured 1,219, second position, Drakpa was ahead of Tshomo by 1,194 votes.)
Former councillor Pema Lhamo secured a total of 909 votes, the lowest vote [... Read More]