DPT will form a strong opposition : DPT president Pema Gyamtsho
After securing wins in only 17 of the total 47 constituencies in the general elections on Thursday, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) will now go on to form the opposition for the second time.
DPT president Pema Gyamtsho said the party will form a strong opposition in the third parliament.
And since their pledges were for
long-term, Pema Gyamtsho said this factor made them win only 17 constituencies out of the total 47.
“People are opting for short-term goals and freebies,” he said, adding that whatever it may be, it is people’s decision and that they respect the people’s decision.
Meanwhile, as compared to 2013 general elections, DPT won an additional two seats; it had only 15 seats in 2013.
However, the party could not win any single constituency from western and southern parts of the country in the general elections this year.
The party won from all the three constituencies in Pemagatshel with a landslide margin of votes both in terms of postal ballot and electronic voting machines.
DPT won from the two constituencies in Bumthang. However, it was a constricted battle in Bumthang’s ChhumigUra constituency. DPT candidate Karma Wangchuk won with only 18 more votes than DNT candidate Phuntsho Namgay.
Phuntsho Namgay got 1,010 votes through EVM, while Karma Wangchuk secured 868 votes. However, DPT bagged 570 votes through postal ballot, while DNT got 405 votes.
DPT also won from the two constituencies in Trashiyangtse and Zhemgang.
And of the five constituencies in Trashigang, DPT won only from the three constituencies of Bartsham-Shonphu, Kanglung-SamkharUdzorong, and Wamrong.
In Kanglung-SamkharUdzorong constituency, DPT candidate Samdrup R Wangchuk won with 28 more votes than DNT candidate Tenzin Namgyel.
Tenzin Namgyel got more votes in EVM with 2,118 votes, while DPT candidate Samdrup R Wangchuk secured 1,829 votes. The DPT candidate, however, won from the postal ballot votes with 2,037 votes against DNT candidate, who secured 1,720 postal ballot votes.
And from the three constituencies in Monggar, DPT won only in two constituencies of Dramedtse-Ngatshang and Kengkhar-Weringla.
DPT candidate Karma Lhamo from Monggar constituency secured more votes through postal ballot with 1,864 votes and DNT candidate Sherub Gyeltshen bagged 1,733 votes through postal ballot. However, Karma Lhamo secured only 1,822 votes through EVM, while Sherub Gyeltshen got 2,030 votes through EVM. Karma Lhamo lost by 80 votes in Monggar constituency.
Meanwhile, DPT also lost in the five constituencies, which the party had managed to win during the primary round of elections.
In the primaries, DPT secured the highest vote from LamgongWangchang constituency in Paro and it was the only constituency that DPT managed to win from the west. However, this time DPT candidate Phub Tshering lost through votes from postal ballot. DNT’s Ugyen Tshering won with 70 more votes.
Meanwhile, Ugyen Wangdi from DramedtseNgatshang constituency in Monggar secured the highest votes of 5,602. All incumbent members of DPT who contested were elected expect for Nidup Zangpo from NubiTangsibji constituency.