Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 3:46 AM

More polling stations fail to draw more Haaps

haaUgyen Lham, 80, at Tsaphel Lower Secondary School under Kartshog gewog

For a variety of reasons, many eligible voters of the dzongkhag did not exercise their franchise

More than 50 percent of Haa’s eligible voters participated in the second National Council elections.

Of the total 6,869 eligible voters in the dzongkhag, 3,233 people cast their votes.  Of these, 1,755 were female and 1,478 were male.  In the first council election, 2,533 people had showed up to vote.

Returning officer, Rinzin Penjor, said, to encourage more people to vote, they [... Read More]

Punaps went for age, experience

Words were already doing its rounds much before the polling stations closed for National Council election on April 23 that the Toedwang candidate would win in Punakha.

That proved true. The 49-year-old former educationist Rinzin Dorji won securing 63 percent of the total votes, or 3,449 votes cast that day including 494 postal ballots.

On the other hand, his opponent, Namgay Dorji, 31 from Talo secured 2,764 votes including 315 from postal ballot.

Many voters after declaration of [... Read More]

Why Mongar former councillor didn’t make it?


One reason being floated, besides anti-incumbency, was his perceived links with a political party

He was confident of getting re-elected, particularly after the postal ballot count was over and he got the lion’s share, 1,406 of the 2,504 ballots the dzongkhag received.

The remaining ballots were divided between the other two candidates, Sonam Wangchuk and Tshering Wangchen.

However, Naichu’s hope for winning the election was short-lived when the results of electronic voting machine (EVM) were declared.  The 47-year-old [... Read More]

Facile win for favourite

sangaykhanduSangay Khandu

One could go as far as to say that the chosen one was chosen even before poll day 

While the emergence of seven candidates from the southern district of Samtse did give rise to speculation that votes could split and likely winners would lose out, nothing of the sort happened.

Long before poll day, many voters of the district with the largest vote bank, and where a former councillor was not re-contesting, said contestant Sangay Khandu, 37, [... Read More]

Picture story

New ambassadors of Switzerland and Republic of Korea called on Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley at the gyalyong tshogkhang yesterday. Ambassador of Switzerland to Bhutan Mr Linus Von Castelmur and Ambassador of Republic of Korea Mr Lee Yun Young were in the country to present their credentials to His Majesty the King


Right time to upgrade our village schools

So as to reverse the rural-urban migration via the education sector

Current education scenario of our nation is the best opportunity for Bhutan to bring in desired changes and make everything fighting fit.  And the education ministry can play a very fundamental role in paving the best roads for thousands of generation to come.  Yet, my happiness dies as soon as it is born, for the ministry has gone blind to witness this vast ocean of [... Read More]

Bhutan elects councillors


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]

Former school principal wins in Trongsa

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]

Jigme Wangchuk wins again

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]

Thimphu votes for Chang candidate

thimphuBabesa 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]