PDP wins North-Thim­phu seat

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

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

un­til 4-pm.

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Bhutan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.