Securing 342 “yes” votes, the lone National Council aspirant from Tendu in Samtse, Sangay Khandu cleared the first round of selection process to head for the election on April 23.
Election officials counted only 44 “no” votes for the 37-year-old yesterday at the zomdu.
Tendu gewog under Sibsoo dungkhag is about 59km from Samtse. Villagers from five chiwogs in Tendu gewog attended the Zomdu.
Sangay Khandu, a former chimi holds a degree in political science from Rangsit University in Thailand after he was sent to complete his studies partially sponsored by the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party.
Although considered a potential candidate for the party in 2008, he could not compete for a seat in the assembly because he did not have the basic qualification required to contest for the parliamentary elections.
He, however, campaigned for DPT.
“I’m happy and I was confident my people would support me,” he said. “Although most people already know me, I will still go familiarising myself with villagers anyway.”
Sangay Khandu said he preferred a common forum campaigning instead of going door to door.
“Samtse is a huge place that even if we went door-to-door campaigning we’d still be unable to complete campaigning even when elections came,” he said.
The on-going gewog zomdu began from March 13 in Samtse dzongkhag.
At the real council election on April 23, Sangay Khandu would be contesting against seven NC candidates from other gewogs of the dzongkhag. Samtse has 15 gewogs.
A farmer, 37-year-old Bhagi Rath who came for the zomdu said he was satisfied with their nominee.
“Whoever wins eventually, a hospital is what we want for the village instead of a basic health unit,” he said.
Another villager, who runs a small shop in Tendu, Kharka Maya, 49 said it was good they have many candidates to chose from this time.
“We’ll choose the best candidate,” she said. “We want development and we want someone who can deliver.”
Election officials said the Samtse had about 45,000 eligible voters this year according to their draft electoral roll.
It is an increase of about 3,000 voters compared with the figures of 2008.
By Yangchen C Rinzin, Samtse