Phuentshogling and Gelegphu Thomde elect local government representatives
With the second Local Government Elections in Thimphu, Phuentshogling and Gelegphu were held last Monday. These three Dzongkhag Thromdes have now elected their second Thromde Tshongdue.
In Phuentshogling Thromde Uttar Kumar Rai , 38 from Nyedrag Demkhong won the vote by a narrow margin of 9 voters , out of 776 eligible voters 487 turn up to vote for their Thrompon in Phuntsholing out of which 248 voted “Yes” and 239 voted “No”.
Bimal Kumar Ghalley 30 from Pekharzhing constituency was elected as the Thromde Thuemi by securing 287 against his two opponents. The other contestants Renuka Rai from Pasakha Demkhong secured 101 voters and Karma Chen from Phuentshogling Maed with 99 votes.
Nar Bar. Rai secured 39 “Yes” votes from Nyedrang Demkhong and Pravath Rai won 78 “Yes” votes from Pasakha constituency for the post of Thromde Tshogpa. In Phuntshogling Toe Demkhong Sharmila Limbu secured 58 votes and elected as a Tshogpa.
In Gelegphu, Tikaram Kafley of Jampelling Demkhong won the vote out of three aspirants by securing 317, of that 1 vote was on postal ballot and 316 votes in electronic voting ma- chine (EVM). Whereas his opponent Harka Bdr. Gurung from Samdrupling Demkhong secured 155 votes and second opponent Tshering Norbu, Trashiling Demkhong secured 206 votes.
New Thrompon of Gelegphu said, “I am very much excited to be elected as a Thrompon fifty percent is my hard work and fifty percent is public’s effort however the credits goes to all people of Gelegphu. I should say the people of Gelegphu Thromdoe have now won the race.”
“I highly honor their first own interest given to me. Whatever dreams I had to render service to the people with little bit of welfare, comfort and convenient would now able to attribute.” He added.
48 year-old Sithar Dorjee, Namkhaling Demkhong who served 8 years as Thuemi was also re-elected as a Thuemi securing 530 “Yes” votes and 148 “No” votes.
“Yearly I am getting new ideas and gaining more confidence in myself to serve like a bridge between people and government. Hope I will get another new ideas within this 5 years term,” Sithar Dorjee said.
Thromde Tshogpa, Trashiling Demkhong Chencho Gyeltshen, resettled in Gelegphu was elected by securing 35 “Yes” votes and 25 “No” votes. “I served 5 years as a Tshogpa, People of Gelegphu have trust in me and they elected me again, furthermore I will work harder to prove them that their choice is not wrong.” He said.
In Samdrupling constituency Karchung won the vote by securing 80 votes from his opponent Rudra Mani Dula as he secured 47 votes only.
Lok Bdr Chhetri from Jampling Demkhong was elected as a Tshogpa securing 97 “Yes” votes and 32 “No” votes. Tika Maya Karki is the only lady candidate was elected as Tshogpa with 48 votes of Sonam Gatshel constituency.
Chimi from Rabdeyling Demkhong won the election by securing 50 votes from her opponent Dil Bdr Pradan for the Tshogpa‘s post.