DNT heavy­weights up against DPT in the east

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Though most of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa’s (DNT) strong­est can­di­dates are from east, dur­ing the pri­mary round, they lost out to Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) prov­ing the lat­ter’s strong­hold in the east­ern re­gion. In fact, it was a land­slide vic­tory for DPT dur­ing the pri­mary round in the east.

How­ever, DNT pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said he is not only wor­ried about win­ning in the east but ev­ery con­stituency.

“Ev­ery con­stituency

counts be­cause they rep­re­sent Bhutanese peo­ple. I am equally con­cerned about all 47 con­stituen­cies. How­ever, my big­gest worry is not about DNT can­di­dates in the east los­ing but the coun­try be­ing di­vided on party lines,” said Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing adding that this could di­vide the coun­try for­ever. “The pri­mary round of the 2018 elec­tions has been the most un­con­sti­tu­tional vot­ing pat­tern un­til now.”

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said it is not about the strength of the DNT cabi­net but hav­ing no rep­re­sen­ta­tion will pose prob­lems. “It is go­ing to men­tally di­vide the coun­try that’s why the gen­eral round is very im­por­tant to keep this coun­try to­gether.”

Go­ing by talks do­ing the rounds, DNT heavy­weights are the fol­low­ing and even if they serve as op­po­si­tion, it would prove to be a se­ri­ous loss for the party.

What will be a game changer is the choice of party of vot­ers who ear­lier went for Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party.

Pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said they have enough can­di­dates from the win­ning con­stituen­cies that can form the cabi­net but DNT’s big­ger worry is that for five years there will be no rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the cabi­net from the east. “For the next five years, all de­bates in the par­lia­ment that will hap­pen be­tween the gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion is go­ing to hap­pen be­tween the east and west.”

The DNT heavy­weight list in­cludes Dawa,

40, for­mer broad­cast jour­nal­ist con­test­ing from Ch­hoekhor-Tang con­stituency in Bumthang; Sherub Gyelt­shen, 63, Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tor/ Vice Pres­i­dent from Mong­gar con­stituency in Mong­gar; Pema Wangda, 59, for­mer La­bor Sec­re­tary from Nanong-Shu­mar in Pema­gat­shel and Ugyen Tshe­wang, 57, for­mer NEC Sec­re­tary from KharYu­rung in Pema­gat­shel.

Ten­zin Lekphell, 52, Man­age­ment Spe­cial­ist will con­test from Bartsham-Shong­phu in Trashigang while San­gay Dorji, 59, for­mer RCSC Com­mis­sioner will con­test from Boomdel­ing-Jamkhar in Trashiyangtse.

Pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing who was speak­ing at a meet­ing with the peo­ple of Shu­mar Gewog on Septem­ber 26 promised that both the can­di­dates of Nanong-Shu­mar and KharYu­rung con­stituen­cies will be of­fered min­is­te­rial posts if they win the elec­tion.

Dawa will fight the bat­tle with his un­cle Pema Gyamt­sho from Ch­hoekhor-Tang con­stituency in Bumthang, also the Pres­i­dent of DPT. Pema Gyamt­sho served as the agri­cul­ture min­is­ter and the Op­po­si­tion leader. On the other side, Dawa is a renowned me­dia per­son­al­ity and a pop­u­lar fig­ure with vast po­ten­tial.

Pema Gyamt­sho se­cured 2,540 votes while Dawa could just man­age 921 votes in the pri­maries. Ch­hoekhor-Tang con­stituency has a to­tal of 6,051reg­is­tered vot­ers: 2,842 male and 6,051 fe­male.

In the Mong­gar con­stituency in Mong­gar the clash is be­tween 63-year old su­per­an­nu­ated civil ser­vant Sherub Gyelt­shen and sea­soned politi­cian, Karma Lhamo, 37. This is the third time that Karma Lhamo will be con­test­ing in the elec­tions. Back in 2008, she was elected as the mem­ber of par­lia­ment but lost in 2013.

Though there is not much dif­fer­ence in the vote counts be­tween the two, Karma Lhamo se­cured 2,601 votes while Sherub Gyelt­shen man­aged 2,056 votes with a dif­fer­ence of 545 votes. Mong­gar con­stituency has 10,455 reg­is­tered vot­ers in­clud­ing 4,976 male and 5,479 fe­male vot­ers.

Pema Wangda, 59, is the for­mer la­bor sec­re­tary and he will face 33-year old Lungten Nam­gyel from NanongShu­mar con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel. Both the can­di­dates are new in the race. The lat­ter holds a Bach­e­lors de­gree in Life Science from Sherubtse Col­lege. Lungten Nam­gyel is a re­place­ment for Dechen Zangmo who re­placed for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Jigme Y Thin­ley back in the 2013 elec­tions.

Lungten Nam­gyel re­ceived 3,516 votes while Pema Wangda se­cured 1,513 votes only. The to­tal reg­is­tered voter in NanongShu­mar is 9,457 with 4,596 male and 4,861 fe­male vot­ers.

From Khar-Yu­rung con­stituency, for­mer NEC sec­re­tary Ugyen Tshe­wang of DNT will con­test against Tsh­er­ing Cho­den the for­mer can­di­date of PDP now con­test­ing for DPT. Forty-six year old Tsh­er­ing Cho­den con­tested back in 2008 but lost and took a break from pol­i­tics.

She re­ceived 4,066 votes while Ugyen Tshe­wang se­cured 1,489 votes. The con­stituency has a to­tal of 9,589 reg­is­tered vot­ers with 4,703 male and 4,886 fe­male vot­ers.

Pas­sang Dorji, 38, is the DPT can­di­date from Yangner Gewog. He is a new­comer and a re­place­ment for Wangdi Norbu the for­mer MP of Bartsham-Shong­phu con­stituency in Trashigang. He will fight against vet­eran Ten­zin Lekphell who par­tic­i­pated in the 2013 elec­tions. The 52year old is a Man­age­ment Spe­cial­ist and one of the found­ing mem­bers of the party. Pas­sang Dorji brings along a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ences in civil ser­vice, me­dia, civil so­ci­ety and the pri­vate sec­tor.

Pas­sang Dorji re­ceived 3,377 votes while Ten­zin Lekphell got 2,404 votes dur­ing the pri­mary elec­tion. Bartsham-Shong­phu con­stituency has 11,302 to­tal reg­is­tered with 5,353 male and 5,949 fe­male vot­ers.

San­gay Dorji,

59, for­mer RCSC Com­mis­sioner will con­test against Dupthob of DPT, the vet­eran politi­cian who has never lost from his con­stituency Boomdel­ing-Jamkhar in Trashiyangtse. The peo­ple of his con­stituency has al­ways voted for 40-year old Dupthop and this time it re­mains to be seen if they will still fa­vor him.

Dupthop re­ceived 2,701 votes while San­gay Dorji got 1,471 votes. The con­stituency has a to­tal of 9,212 reg­is­tered vot­ers with 4,418 male and 4,794 fe­male vot­ers.

The party pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said with the dif­fer­ent elec­toral pat­tern, the pri­mary round is on grounds of party and the gen­eral round, can­di­dates and the party ex­pects to win in a lot of con­stituen­cies in the east be­cause the party has “bet­ter” can­di­dates than DPT. “The elec­torate is now ed­u­cated and par­ties fa­vor civil ser­vants who voted for them dur­ing the pri­mary round.”

“We stood first in postal bal­lot count be­cause we have lot of postal bal­lot­ers who know how to de­cide and we are very con­fi­dent that they will de­cide on merit of the can­di­dates. Change in the re­sults of pri­mary and gen­eral round is ob­vi­ous,” he said.

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