Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 7:26 AM

Jigme Rinzin is re-elected

pemagatshelJigme Rinzin watches returning officers compile the results from 52 polling station yesterday

Last evening before the returning officer finished compiling the poll day results former councillor Jigme Rinzin started receiving phone calls one after another from his voters.

Polling stations in Pemagatshel were not yet closed that time. Voters, after analysing among themselves,  had already predicted his win and had called to congratulate him.

It was yet another decisive victory for Jigme Rinzin of Shumar gewog. He secured 3,717 votes through the electronic voting machine (EVM) and 1,467 postal [... Read More]

What NC elects are saying

More than myself voters were confident about my victory
Jigme Rinzin, Pemagatshel


 It’s a big endorsement of little contributions that I have made as a NC representative for the last five years
Tshering Dorji, Haa


I was serving people of Lhuntse for many years and a small expectation of winning stemmed from that
Tempa Dorji, Lhuntshe


People appreciated hard work and hard work never go un-rewarded
Sangay Khandu,  Gasa


The 2013 election was a different one and the credit [... Read More]

Kaka wins anybody’s race in Paro

It was anyone’s race and former civil servant and businessman Kaka Tshering, 48, was elected by Paro as its national council representative, yesterday.

Kaka Tshering, who resigned from the civil service to contest as a PDP candidate in 2008 but was defeated, won this time by securing 2,422 votes, 347 more votes than the next candidate.

However, results showed that Parops were not necessarily determining their votes based on age.

The next candidate to have secured most votes [... Read More]

Change of guard in Lhuentse

lhuentseTempa Dorji

People of Lhuentse chose a new candidate to stand in for their former representative to the National Council yesterday.

Lhuentse voters elected Tempa Dorji, 45, from Jarey gewog as their new councillor giving him 3,193 votes, which is the sum of 2,612 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) votes and 581 postal ballots.

Former councillor Rinzin Rinzin, 43, from Khoma gewog secured 2,122 votes of which 1,591 were from the EVM and 531 through postal ballots.

The dzongkhag saw 5,315 [... Read More]

It’s Sonam Dorji again

Dagana re-elected its former councillor Sonam Dorji as their councillor, the only candidate in the district, by giving him an overwhelming ‘yes” vote.

The lone contestant secured 7,015 ‘yes’ against 1,715 ‘no’ of the 8,730 votes through the electronic voting machine (EVM).

He also secured 1,033 postal ballots of the 1,201 received.

“I’m very much grateful to the people of Daga lunsum(three regions of Dagana) for their faith in me and giving me the opportunity to serve for [... Read More]

NC Elections

Lunana: Polling in Wachey started. Lhedi and Thangza polling will start shortly with the second chopper having safely landed.

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Country returns to the polls

As Bhutan heads to the polls for another time to put in place a new Parliament, starting with the National Council election today, the persistent rainfall for the last few days could dissuade some voters from making their votes count.

Despite being “election ready”, the Election Commission of Bhutan’s chief election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, said he was worried about the weather.

“We’re expecting a good voter turnout, but rain might deter people from voting in some [... Read More]

One more try to Lunana

gasaWhite out: While it was pouring in some parts of the country, Merak received heavy snowfall on the eve of the council election.

Whether Lunana voters in Gasa will go to the polls today, along with the rest of the country, will be determined by the success of today’s attempt to fly in the election officials and machinery.

This time, a private chopper from Dharma Adventures, based in Nepal, will try to fly in the three election officials and four electronic voting machines.

Starting April 18, bad weather had led to several unsuccessful attempts to fly them to Lunana, one [... Read More]

Invalid postal ballots found in Mongar and Paro

Election officials in Mongar will start counting the postal ballots that came in from voters across the country around 1pm today.

They will finish counting by 5pm, when the poll hour ends.

Yesterday, by 5pm, the dzongkhag had received 2,724 postal ballots.  However, in segregating the postal ballot envelopes, 356 ballots were found invalid.

While around 192 envelopes were deprived of the mandatory identity declaration certificate, 48 had not specified their voter card number, 38 had wrong voter [... Read More]

DA notwithstanding, Eusanaps decide against

eusunaCut of since 1994: The village of 38 people are happy still

Despite an arrangement to pay them a daily allowance when they go to cast their vote, the 18 voters of Eusana, the remotest settlement in Gasa, have opted not to go to the poll today.

When election officials visited the village recently, while on their way to Lunana in a chopper, villagers informed them that they could not make it to their assigned polling station as the mountain passes are completely blocked by snow at this [... Read More]

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