PDP wins North Thim­phu by-elec­tion

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The by-elec­tion of the North Thim­phu con­stituency was con­ducted on Novem­ber 4 this year.

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan (ECB) is­sued the no­ti­fi­ca­tion for by-elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 3 after the North Thim­phu can­di­date MP Kinga Tsh­er­ing sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion on Au­gust 11 to the Na­tional Assem­bly (NA).

MP Kinga Tsh­er­ing had ap­plied for study leave to un­der­take a course in Har­vard Univer­sity in the USA but the ex­tended leave would vi­o­late pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion, NA Act and Rules of Pro­ce­dure of Par­lia­ment there­fore his leave was not ac­cepted.

MP Kinga Tsh­er­ing filed his res­ig­na­tion after leave was not granted. The NA ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion in Au­gust.

Soon after, Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) nom­i­nated Tsh­er­ing, 33, from Taba in Kawang gewog to con­test for the post. Ini­tially, Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) nom­i­nated Chen­cho Nidup, 30, from Taba but he de­cided to with­draw his can­di­da­ture.

To fill in, DPT nom­i­nated Kes­sang Wangmo, 26, from Kawang gewog as its new can­di­date for North Thim­phu.

PDP can­di­date Tsh­er­ing won the by­elec­tion of North Thim­phu con­stituency in a land­slide vic­tory where he got 2,032 votes and DPT can­di­date won only 660 votes.

This is the first time that PDP has won the North Thim­phu con­stituency. In the elec­tions of 2008 and 2013, DPT won con­sec­u­tively.

With the by-elec­tion, DPT lost a seat in par­lia­ment and cur­rently 14 mem­bers rep­re­sent DPT while PDP has 33 mem­bers out of 47 in par­lia­ment.

The North Thim­phu con­stituency con­sists of North Thromde: Kawang, Lingzi, Naro and Seo.

DRUK PHUEN­SUM TSHOGPA

PEO­PLE’S DEMO­CRATIC PARTY

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