• Chief Election Commissioner Chogyal Dago Rigdzin declares the official results of the general election yesterday at Democracy House, Thimphu

    Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won 54 percent of the total votes

    The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) officially declared Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which won 30 constituencies as the third elected government yesterday. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), which won in 17 constituencies, was declared the opposition party.

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Gasa ready for the poll day

The dzongkhag election office will collect postal ballots until 5pm today

Polling officials of Rakashong polling station (PS) in Lunana were the last batch of polling officials to reach the PS in Gasa yesterday. The officials reached the PS after a two-day walk. The PS caters to the voters of Raminang chiwog, residing with their herds in Rakashong at this time …

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Man stabbed to death

A 38-year-old man from Drametse, Mongar was murdered around midnight at Drukgyel in Paro yesterday. According to sources, around midnight the suspect visited his ex-wife. The two had divorced recently. It was learnt that the victim was suspected of having an affair with the suspect’s ex-wife.  When the suspect forced …

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SJ hoteliers say business is difficult

HRAB last month also wrote to the four political parties and their candidates in Samdrupjongkhar to solve the issue

The opening of Gyelposhing-Nganglam highway has led to the shrinking of businesses in Samdrupjongkhar. The most affected are hotels and restaurants. The highway that opened in May this year shortened the distance between Phuentsholing and Mongar by more than 220kms. A hotelier said that his income this year decreased by …

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Lhaimetog Exports and Imports under ACC radar

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has suspended the business operations and activities of Lhaimetog Exports and Imports based in Chubachu, Thimphu with immediate effect after finding a prima facie case of corruption. Kuensel learnt that the Lhaimetog Exports and Imports has reportedly evaded tax while exporting goods worth Nu 90 million …

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Trongsa receives 2,658 postal ballots so far

As of yesterday, the two constituencies of Trongsa received a total of 2,658 postal ballots, of which 778 were conventional postal ballots and 1,880 were facilitation ballots. Constituency-wise, Draagteng- Langthel received more postal ballots than Nubi-Tangsibji. The office of the Returning Officer in Draagteng- Langthel constituency received 1,361 postal ballots, of …

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Tshugla Lopen honoured

In recognition of his contributions towards Buddhism, the Tshugla Lopen Samten Dorji of the Central Monastic Body was honoured with the international Buddhist peace award last week in Bangkok, Thailand. He received the award from the Chairman of the World Buddhist Scout Council. At a separate event in Bangkok, the Tshugla Lopen was also …

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Pantang residents want Chamkharchu project to begin

A group of youth help roof a village elder’s temporary shed in Pantang

It’s just 6am but for a group of youth, mostly class 10 and 12 dropouts from Sangseri village in Phangkhar, Zhemgang, it’s time to discuss the day’s work. Few had even undergone vocational training and are now back in the locality. They gather near the village’s eco-lodge, the only place that has …

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Sarpang saw 4,265 postal voters at the facilitation booths

Three postal ballot facilitation booths were set up in Sarpang dzongkhag

A total of 4,265 postal voters have cast their ballots from Sarpang for the general election slated for October 18. According to the statistics released by the Election Commission of Bhutan, 83.14 percent of the total registered facilitation and mobile booth voters of 5,130 cast their ballots in the dzongkhag. …

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Lhuentse tops voter turnout in facilitation booths

Polling officials for 17 of the 33 polling stations in Lhuentse left for their respective polling stations yesterday. A total of 130 polling officials and 99 security officials are deployed for the poll day with 66 EVMs. The dzongkhag has 16,581 registered voters.

Lhuentse saw a 95.8 percent voter turnout at the postal ballot facilitation booths (FB), the highest among the dzongkhags. The dzongkhag saw 92 percent voter turnout in the primary round, also the highest in the country. Dzongkhag election officials attribute the outcome to the rigorous advocacy programme and the follow-up …

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Dogar priortises cardamom over election

Jab Tshering in his cardamom field in Dogar

While farmers in other parts of the country are harvesting paddy, those in Dogar village of Dophuchen (Dorokha), Samtse are engaged in their cardamom fields. Nozay Dukpa, 56 and her husband Jab Tshering, 73 are busy harvesting cardomon and election is not a priority for the couple. The couple has …

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Let’s change before it’s too late: DNT

DNT President Lotay Tshering (Photo: DNT Facebook)

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering quotes a Bhutanese saying to drive home the point he has been repeating in all his campaign meetings: “What took a long time to fill in drops, can be spilt in a fraction of a second.” If people are not careful, what has …

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We are optimistic: DPT

DPT President Pema Gyamtsho (Photo: DPT Facebook)

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is prepared to accept whatever mandate the electorate confers it with. After securing 30.9 percent of the total votes and winning 22 constituencies in the primary round, the final race for DPT is nearing the finishing line. The past 25 days has been a “roller …

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