Samtse vot­ers de­cide to make choice af­ter door-todoor cam­paign

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Samtse

Vot­ers in Samtse are yet to de­cide which can­di­dates they should elect in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

Given many stronger and ca­pa­ble can­di­dates this time, they say they will make their choice once as­pir­ing can­di­dates are done with their door-to-door cam­paign. Vot­ers say they will first scan the pledges and the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of their can­di­dates.

“With more com­pe­tent par­ties and can­di­dates, it’s dif­fi­cult to de­cide at an in­stant. We have to scan the pledges and see whether they can ful­fill. Then we will de­cide,” said 61-yearold Dhan Maya Subba from San­gach­hol­ing ge­wog. She says she has nine fam­ily mem­bers, who are eli­gi­ble to vote this year.

While some vot­ers have lim­ited knowl­edge about the pledges of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the bi­og­ra­phy of can­di­dates, oth­ers are yet to know them. In­stead they are wait­ing for the can­di­dates to be­gin doorto-door cam­paign be­fore the elec­tion. They say they would hear the pledges and cast their vote for the best party. Mean­while, most vot­ers are not even aware of their can­di­dates and the par­ties.

Some vot­ers say they look for­ward to see­ing more de­vel­op­ments in their con­stituen­cies.

“We have most of the fa­cil­i­ties in place now. But still there are some loop­holes to be filled. Who­ever makes doable prom­ises, we will see,” another voter, Te­jay Limbu, 56 from Deep­il­ing, said.

Un­like the last two elec­tions, how­ever, peo­ple say it’s chal­leng­ing this year in selecting the right can­di­date.

“Now, the par­ties have be­come stronger. All of them are strong and ca­pa­ble. We have to choose the right party and it’s go­ing to be tough,” K.B. Subba, 70, said.

“We will look at their pledges and de­cide. So we are wait­ing,” he added.

Mean­while, black­top­ping of the farm roads, con­tin­u­ous wa­ter sup­ply and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the vil­lagers for agro based in­dus­tries are some is­sues that the vot­ers want to be ad­dressed. Oth­ers feel self suf­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity of the coun­try as most im­por­tant.

“We have all the fa­cil­i­ties in place. Now it’s time for the par­ties to think big­ger than mere fa­cil­i­ties, which we al­ready have. That’s why we have to lis­ten to their pledges,” a farmer in Lapt­sakha said.

Mean­while, Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party’s pres­i­dent Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay has vis­ited Samtse this week, which is also con­sid­ered as a PDP’s strong­hold. Can­di­dates from PDP have won in the last gen­eral elec­tion from all four con­stituen­cies in Samtse. Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa pres­i­dent Pema Gyamt­sho also vis­ited Do­phugchen-Tad­ing con­stituency in Samtse this week.

Samtse has around 47,360 eli­gi­ble vot­ers.

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