People voted for change
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.