DPT makes op­po­si­tion with 17 seats

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Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) confirms their place as op­po­si­tion party with win­ning 17 seats of the 47 seats in the 2018 na­tional as­sem­bly gen­eral elec­tions.

Dur­ing the 2008 gen­eral elec­tion, the op­pos­tion party, Peo­ple's Demo­cratic Party won only two seats and, in 2013 gen­eral elec­tion, op­po­si­tion party, DPT won 15 seats.

“We are more than happy to any role that the peo­ple be­stow upon us. And now that we are op­po­si­tion party, we look for­ward to serve the king, peo­ple and coun­try with ut­most ded­i­ca­tion for next five years,” DPT's face­book page states.

“Win­ning and los­ing are part of game,” DPT hap­pily ac­cepts 17 seats. The party also thanked the peo­ple for their sup­port.

“The role of op­po­si­tion is equally im­por­tant to the rul­ing party. The op­po­si­tion will take into ac­count the govern­ment plans and poli­cies whether it is go­ing timely as per the sched­ule,” DPT's can­di­date, Kham­dang Ram­jar con­stituency, Trashiyangtse, Kuenga Lo­day said.

With win­ning 17 seats in the na­tional as­sem­bly, Kuenga Lo­day as­sures that op­po­si­tion would be stronger this time. He shares the pre­cen­dence of 2008 and 2013 na­tional as­sem­bly gen­eral elec­tions where the op­po­si­tion party with fewer num­bers were well built.

He has great ex­pec­ta­tions for the rul­ing party to carry its man­date smoothly be­cause he be­lieves that in con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy, it be­stows the right to the peo­ple to vote and DNT won with ma­jor­ity vote.

On the DPT's em­pha­sized for self-reliance, Kuenga Lo­day said that DNT has sim­i­lar pledges that ful­fill their goal. In 2023, he fore­see bet­ter ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties like road, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and across the coun­try. In ad­di­tion, he finds in need of re­view on poli­cies of the civil ser­vants sys­tem, and build­ing bet­ter pri­vate and cor­po­rate sec­tors.

As an op­po­si­tion party, as per the ar­ti­cle 18, con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan, it's man­dates are to play a con­struc­tive role in en­sur­ing the govern­ment and the rul­ing party func­tion in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion. re­spon­si­ble de­bate in par­lia­ment while pro­vid­ing healthy and dig­ni­fied op­po­si­tion to the govern­ment.

The responsibility also lies in pro­mot­ing na­tional integrity, unity and har­mony, and co­op­er­a­tion among all sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

The op­pos­tion party also holds right to op­pose the elected gov­er­ment, to ar­tic­u­late al­ter­na­tive pol­icy po­si­tions and to ques­tion the govern­ment's con­duct of pub­lic busi­ness to make gov­er­ment re­spon­si­ble, ac­count­able and trans­par­ent.

In ad­di­tion, the party also aid and sup­port the govern­ment in times of ex­ter­nal threat, nat­u­ral calami­ties and other na­tional crises.

The pres­i­dent of DPT, Pema Gyamt­sho from the chhoekhor-tang con­stituency, Bumthang won with 3,251 votes from Dawa with 1,536 votes. Sim­i­larly, the DPT's Karma Wangchuk se- cured 1433 votes againgst DNT's can­di­date, Phuntsho Nam­gay with 1,415 votes from Chum­mig-Ura con­stituency.

In Lhuentse, Maen­biTshenkhar con­stituency, DPT's Choki Gyelt­shen wins with 2,941 votes againgst DNT's Tsh­er­ing Phuntsho with 2,579 votes.

In Mon­gar Dzongkhag, Dramedtse Ngat­shang con­stituency, DPT's Ugyen Wangdi won with 5,602 votes againgst DNT's Jigme Dorji with 3,690 votes. Sim­i­lary, in Kengkhar-Wer­ingla con­stituency, DPT's can­di­date, Rinzin Jamt­sho se­cured 4,385 votes againgst Kun­zang Drukpa with 3,246 votes.

In Pema­gat­shel, KharYu­rung con­stituency, Tsh­er­ing Ch­ho­den won with 4,738 votes againgst Ugyen Tshe­wang with 2,045 of DNT. In Nanong-Shu­mar con­stituency, Lungten Nam­gyel won 4,311 votes againgst Pema Wangda at 2,132 votes. In Nganglam con­stituency, Choida Jamt­sho won with 3,576 votes againgst Karma Dorji at 1,976 votes.

In Sam­drup Jhongkhar Dzongkhag, De­wathang-Gomd­har con­stituency, DPT's Ugyen Dorji won by 5,367 votes againgst DNT's Thin­ley Nam­gay with 5,144 votes. Sim­i­larly, in Jo­mot­shangkha-Mart shall a con­stituency, DPT's Norbu Wang­zom won with 4,372 votes against Ugyen Dorji with 3,547 votes of DNT.

In Trashigang, Bartsh- am Shong­phu, Pas­sang Dorji of DPT won with 4,099 votes againgst Ten­zin Lekphell of DNT with 3,561 votes. In Kan­glung Samkhar con­stituency, DPT's Sam­drup R Wangchuk wins with 3,866 votes againgst 3,838 votes of DNT's Ten­zin Nam­gyel. In Wam­rong con­stituency, DPT's Karma Thin­ley won with 2,980 votes from DNT's Jigme Wangdi at 2,622 votes.

In Trashi yangtse, Boomdel­ing Jamkhar con­stituency, DPT's Dupthob won from DNT's san­gay Dorji with 3,541 and 2,710 suc­ces­sively. In Kham­dang Ram­jar con­stituency, Kuenga Lo­day of DPT won with 3,602 from DNT's Karma Gyelt­shen with 2,821 votes.

While, in Zhem­gang Dzongkhag, Bardo Trong con­stituency, DPT's Gyambo Tsh­er­ing won over DNT's Sonam Leki with 3,633 and 3,507 votes su­ces­sively. In pang­bang con­stituency, Dorji Wangdi, DPT can­di­date wins from Tsh­er­ing, DNT with 2,984 votes over 2,525 votes.

Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) confirms its seat as op­po­si­tion party by win­ning 17 seats of the 47 seats in the 2018 na­tional as­sem­bly gen­eral elec­tions held last Thurs­day. The party will have the high­est num­bers of seats in the na­tional as­sem­bly in the op­po­si­tion so far.

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