Par­ties af­firm all con­stituen­cies im­por­tant for pri­mary round

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

If the pri­mary round of elec­tion is all about num­bers, then large con­stituen­cies with more num­ber of vot­ers will ob­vi­ously in­flu­ence elec­tion re­sults.

It also be­comes sen­si­ble then that the four po­lit­i­cal par­ties must sway vot­ers in fa­vor of their party, es­pe­cially in the east and south, given the high­est num­ber of vot­ers in these con­stituen­cies.

Trashigang with five con­stituen­cies has 47,614 vot­ers, the largest num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers, while Samtse with four con­stituen­cies has 47,360 vot­ers. It is then fol­lowed by Mong­gar with 34,589 vot­ers and Pema­gat­shel with 26,141 vot­ers. Both have three con­stituen­cies each. It’s then Sarpang with two con­stituen­cies and 30,183 vot­ers.

How­ever, the sec­re­tary gen­eral of Bhutan KuenNyam Party (BKP), Dawa Rinchen said the party hasn’t so far pri­or­i­tized con­stituen­cies with high num­ber of vot­ers.

“The pres­i­den­tial tour started from Thim­phu, Paro and so forth,” he said, adding that the pres­i­dent was at the mo­ment at her con­stituency for the com­mon fo­rum.

“Af­ter the com­mon fo­rum is com­plete, she’ll try to visit the con­stituen­cies in the east that she has not been able to do so be­fore. And so, yes, the pres­i­dent will try to visit all the 47 con­stituen­cies if time and weather per­mit. The party be­lieves in try­ing to reach out to all the elec­torates to ad­vo­cate them on redefin­ing pol­i­tics and politi­cians,” Dawa Rinchen said.

How­ever, he added that con­stituen­cies will def­i­nitely in­flu­ence elec­tions.

And while ac­knowl­edg­ing the voter banks, me­dia spokesper­son of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) said the party be­lieves in reach­ing out to each and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and it is not all about gar­ner­ing votes. The party pledges to visit 47 con­stituen­cies de­spite a short span of time.

“Pri­mary round is about vot­ing to the party and the pres­i­dent, and DNT has strate­gized in such way that we want to reach out to all the peo­ple ir­re­spec­tive of con­stituen­cies with high or low votes,” the spokesper­son added.

Sim­i­larly, the pres­i­dent of Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT), Pema Gyamt­sho said it’s the strength of ide­ol­ogy, past track record, man­i­festo, com­pe­tent of the can­di­dates and good faith of peo­ple which mat­ter when it comes to votes, but not the in­flu­ence of which con­stituen­cies have high or low votes.

“I am vis­it­ing a few of those Dzongkhags where I have not been be­fore. Be­ing able to con­vey your mes­sages across to the vot­ers is must,” he added.

Pema Gyamt­sho will be vis­it­ing Pu­nakha, Wang­duepho­drang, Trongsa and Bumthang in the next fol­low­ing weeks.

The sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Jigme Zangpo also said that the party con­sid­ers all con­stituen­cies equally im­por­tant.

“Which is why, we have se­lected the best of the can­di­dates to rep­re­sent the 47 con­stituen­cies. As a po­lit­i­cal party, the party is in­dis­crim­i­nately fo­cus­ing on all the 47 con­stituen­cies be­cause the party can­not put more ef­fort in one con­stituency and less in another merely on the ba­sis of num­bers. What mat­ters is that party should be able reach out to ev­ery sin­gle voter in the coun­try and share with each of them our po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy of Wangtse Ch­hirpel; our man­i­festo and our vi­sion to take the na­tion for­ward in five years, and be­yond. No­body should be left be­hind,” he added.

Jigme Zangpo said the PDP pres­i­dent will travel to as many con­stituen­cies as pos­si­ble within the stip­u­lated cam­paign pe­riod.

Mean­while, go­ing back to the re­sults in the above five dzongkhags dur­ing the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion, DPT won two seats out of three from Mong­gar, while PDP se­cured one seat. From three con­stituen­cies in Pema­gat­shel, DPT took all the three seats. PDP took all the six con­stituen­cies in Samtse and Sarpang. And PDP won three seats, while DPT won two seats from Trashigang, which has the high­est num­ber of vot­ers along with the con­stituen­cies.

The five dzongkhags have 17 seats in to­tal. PDP won in 10 con­stituen­cies in 2013, while DPT man­aged seven con­stituen­cies.

The 4th BIM­STEC Sum­mit con­cluded yes­ter­day in Nepal with the BIM­STEC na­tions adopt­ing the Agenda and Dec­la­ra­tion of the Sum­mit. The cer­e­mony also saw the Sign­ing Cer­e­mony of the BIM­STEC MoU. Bhutan was rep­re­sented by Chief Jus­tice Tsh­er­ing Wangchuk, Chief Ad­vi­sor of the In­terim Gov­ern­ment.

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