PDP wins North-Thimphu seat
Tshering, 33, from Taba of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won the North-Thimphu by-election with 2,032 votes, of which 14 were postal votes.
His opponent, Kessang Wangmo, 26, of Druk Phunsum Tshogpa (DPT) secured only 660 votes of which she received two postal ballots.
The-North Thimphu constituency was rendered vacant when MP Kinga Tshering resigned in August this year to pursue higher studies at Harvard University in the US.
However, this is the first time PDP has won the North-Thimphu constituency and the candidate has only two years to serve the constituency.
Tshering worked in Bhutan Broadcasting Service for three years and has completed BSc. in Visual Communication from Madras University, India, in 2009.
The Dzongkhag Election office in Thimphu continued to distribute the voter photo identity card (VPIC) to those who were unable to collect it earlier even on the poll day.
Although the by-election went well however, some VPIC were found not valid to cast the vote. However, they were sent to Dzongkhag Election Office to replace. Tandin Om, 71 at Jigme Losel Lower School poll station said, she came earlier to cast the vote. “I sent my nephew to replace the vote,” she said, adding she has been waiting for long time.
There are a total of 6,312 registered voters in the constituency. However, 2,692 turn out of which 1,513 were female.
The poll was conducted in a total of 14 Polling Stations and the people of North-Thimphu casted votes for PDP of the two candidates. The voting hours started from 9-am
The elected MP also attributes his victory to party workers and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, the Party President who actively went door-todoor campaigned for the former.
The party facebook page states that the victory truly belongs to the people of North-Thimphu. “Your overwhelming support gives us the best encouragement and in- spiration to work hard.”
Some of the PDP pledges for the north Thimphu are construction of bridges, roads construction works of Lingzhi Dzong, Gewog Utility Vehicles and Power Tillers for all Chiwogs,
Besides, to improve the city bus services, improvement and maintenance of roads, drainage and sewerage facilities among others with water supply will be given high priority.
Now PDP has 33 MPs while DPT has 14 seats in the National Assembly out of 47 members.
The constituency consists of North-Thimphu Thromde, Kawang, Lingzhi, Naro and Soe.