DPT makes opposition with 17 seats
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.