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From a strong government to a stronger opposition


Though DPT may have lost, analysts believe democracy has gained

Besides a new ruling government, Bhutan has gained a numerically stronger opposition party, comprising experienced members, which will only serve to strengthen the functioning of democracy, say political observers.

The country’s new opposition party will comprise 15 members, which is far larger than the first opposition, which had only two members.  The country’s first opposition was often referred to as the world’s smallest opposition party and was [... Read More]

“Too early to comment”


Although the party won the elections the People’s Democratic Party President, Tshering Tobgay, said it’s was too premature to comment on the results.

Until the election commission officially declares the results, Tshering Tobgay who got home past midnight yesterday after a dinner in Lungtenphug, said that he “just has to be patient and wait until the results are out officially”.

“The preliminary results are preliminary and I would be very irresponsible if I start commenting on preliminary [... Read More]


Turning over a new leaf

Even as the results of the second parliamentary elections begin to sink in with the parties and supporters, the basic message coming through is that people voted for change.

From winning 12 constituencies in the primaries six weeks ago, PDP literally broke through the DPT strongholds in the east, and swept through the south to notch up a decisive 32 out of 47 seats in the National Assembly.

This obviously came as a bit of shock for [... Read More]

The postal difference

Most of the postal voters for the general elections have opted to go for a change in the government, the poll day results indicate.

People’s Democratic Party won in 38 of the 47 National Assembly constituencies in postal ballot counts. Druk Phuensum Tshoga had managed to win from nine constituencies in terms of postal ballot.

It was also the postal ballot that had played a part in pulling those PDP candidates through in cases where electronic voting [... Read More]

DPT reigns in home ground

For every postal ballot opened, as in a Pemagatshel resident’s words, it was after 10 counts in favour of a Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) candidate that one was picked out for People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

That was a drift enough to anticipate a similar outcome from the electronic voting machine (EVM), as was the case with many of the victories that PDP swept in majority of the constituencies across the country.

The reason for that clean victory [... Read More]

DPT wins two of the three in Mongar

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) won Dremitse-Ngatsang and Kengkhar-Weringla constituencies by sizeable margins, but lost Mongar constituency by a narrow difference to People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the general elections yesterday.

In Kengkhar-Weringla, DPT’s Rinzin Jamtsho secured 2,635 electronic voting machine (EVM) votes and 818 postal ballots.   PDP’s Sonam Jamtsho secured 988 EVM votes and 590 postal ballots.

In Dremitse-Ngatsang DPT’s Ugyen Wangdi secured 3,467 EVM votes and 697 postal ballots, while Tshering Dorji, PDP’s candidate secured [... Read More]

PDP wipes the floor with DPT in Wangdue

Just like in the primary round, the people of Wangduephodrang’s two constituencies chose People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over Druk Phuensum Tshogpa yesterday in the general elections.

In Nyisho-Sephu constituency PDP’s Kuenga secured a total of 3,648 votes, including 520 postal ballots, and DPT’s candidate Gyem Dorji secured 3,316 votes, of which 252 were postal ballots.

In Athang-Thedtsho constituency, PDP’s Tandin Wangchuk secured 3,831 votes, including 632 postal ballots, and DPT’s Passang Thrinlee secured 2,567 votes, including 215 [... Read More]

Zhemgang opts for one from each party

Zhemgang was divided between the two parties in the general elections yesterday, with one constituency favouring Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and the other People’s Democratic party (PDP).

In Bardo-Trong, PDP’s Lekey Dorji secured 3,149 of which 1,215 were postal ballots. DPT’s Gyambo Tshering secured 2,255 votes, of which 678 were postal ballots.

The difference in votes from the electronic voting machine (EVM) was not as big as in the postal ballots, with Lekey Dorji securing 1,934 votes [... Read More]

Narrow wins for PDP in both Gasa seats

In one of the two closely contested constituencies, People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Pema Drukpa denied DPT’s Kinley Dorji a second term in the lower house, by winning by a mere two votes in yesterday’s election.

Pema Drukpa secured 358 votes and Kinley Dorji 356.  The PDP candidate received 19 more postal ballots, which made the difference in who would represent the people of Goen Khamaed–Lunana constituency, Gasa.  Pema Drukpa got 324 votes through the EVM and [... Read More]

PDP repeats twin primary wins in Punakha

In what was a repeat of the primary round, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) swept the polls in Punakha, winning by a massive margin in both constituencies over Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT).

PDP secured 57 percent of the total votes cast through both electronic voting machine (EVM) and postal ballots in both constituencies.  In the Kabjisa-Talo constituency, PDP’s agriculture economist Dophu Dukpa won 1,329 votes more than DPT’s Namgye Penjore.  The former National Council chairperson resigned [... Read More]