PDP wins North Thimphu by-election
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