Peo­ple voted for change

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) placed their foot­print as a rul­ing party with 30 seats and Druk Phuen­sun Tshogpa (DPT) made it as op­po­si­tion with 17 seats in the 2018 na­tional as­sem­bly gen­eral elec­tion.

This elec­tion will have seven elected women for the na­tional as­sem­bly. In 2013, there were only three women elected as mem­ber of par­lia­ment.

Af­ter the elec­tion re­sult was out, the DPT's party pres­i­dent and mem­bers con­grat­u­lated DNT's pres­i­dent and mem­bers for their win in the elec­tion in their face­book page. Fur­ther, it states that the party had ex­cit­ing and en­rich­ing jour­ney in the elec­tion cam­paign.

Bhutan's neigh­bour, prime min­is­ter of In­dia, Naren­dra Modi also con­grat­u­lated DNT's pres­i­dent on his party's vic­tory in a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion on Oc­to­ber 19. Ac­cord­ing to the In­dian Em­bassy in Bhutan's press re­lease, it states“In­dia at­taches the high­est pri­or­ity to fur­ther strength­en­ing unique ties of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion with Bhutan, which is based on shared in­ter­ests and val­ues, ut­most trust, good­will and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing,” as prime min­is­ter con­veyed.

Prime min­is­ter also in­vited DNT's pres­i­dent, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing visit to In­dia, coim­cid­ing with this year's golden ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. DNT's pres­i­dent ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion.

“In­dia's stead­fast com­mit­ment to work with the new govern­ment in Bhutan in its na­tional ef­forts for so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, based on the pri­or­i­ties and in­ter- ests of the peo­ple and the govern­ment of Bhutan,” prime min­is­ter Modi said, as per the re­lease.

In this gen­eral elec­tion, the to­tal num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers were 438,663. Of to­tal reg­is­tered, 304,659 votes casted through Elec­tronic Vot­ing Ma­chine (EVM) vot­ers and 134,004 through postal vot­ers.

Of the to­tal 313,473 vot­ers, there were 159,319 fe­males and 154,154 males turned out and cast their votes for the can­di­dates of their choice in 47 con­stituen­cies.

There were voter turnout of 65.50% from the EVM and 85.01% from the postal bal­lot. The over­all voter's turnout recorded at 71.46%.The cam­paign fi­nance from the state was recorded at 14.1mn, ac­cord­ing to Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan.

DNT lost to DPT in Bumthang, Pema­gat­shel, Sam­drup Jhongkhar, Trashiyangtse and Zhem­gang. How­ever, DNT was vic­to­ri­ous in Chukha, Da­gana, Gasa, Haa, Paro, Pu­nakha, Samtse, Sarpang, Thim­phu, Trongsa, Tsir­ang and Wang­duepho­drang. DNT and DPT tied in win­ning one con­stituency each in Lhuentse. DNT won one con­stituen­cies of three from Mon­gar and from the largest con­stituency, Trashigang, DNT won two seats from five.

The peo­ple of Bhutan have given their ver­dict and now it is up to the rul­ing party to ful­fill their prom­ises and pledges. That is only the rea­son why peo­ple have voted for them.

With the new govern­ment in place, they must work hard to ful­fill the as­pi­ra­tions of our peo­ple and ac­com­plish the dreams of our beloved Mon­archs.

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