DPT con­fi­dent about win­ning elec­tion

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley

Af­ter com­ing sec­ond in the pri­mary round, Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) is now con­fi­dent that they can win the gen­eral round of the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 18.

Af­ter com­plet­ing tour in the cen­tral and south­ern parts of the coun­try, DPT pres­i­dent Pema Gyamt­sho said the party is ex­pected to form the gov­ern­ment.

“The party, with ca­pa­ble and ex­pe­ri­enced can­di­dates, is there to serve the na­tion if peo­ple elect us,” he added.

Mean­while, DPT won from al­most all of the con­stituen­cies in the east. The party re­ceived a to­tal of 90,020 votes in the pri­mary round and came sec­ond af­ter Druk Nyyam­rup Tshogpa, which se­cured a to­tal of 92,722 votes.

DPT in the pri­mary elec­tion has won in seven Dzongkhags in eastern and cen­tral Bhutan. Al­to­gether, DPT won from 22 con­stituen­cies in the pri­mary round this year. The party has three ex-min­is­ters re-con­test­ing this year. Also, there are four can­di­dates who had served for ten years, nine MPs hav­ing had served for one term. Four can­di­dates have served for two terms as Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Al­to­gether, 16 can­di­dates have served as MPs, in­clud­ing min­is­ters from 2008 to 2013, dur­ing the term of first par­lia­ment.

The party, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent, com­prises can­di­dates from hum­ble back­grounds and has noth­ing to of­fer to any­one if elected. The party also com­prises can­di­dates from all ages from youth to se­nior and ex­pe­ri­enced in term of ages.

“We will groom the young can­di­dates to lead in the fu­ture when those se­niors re­tire,” Pema Gyamt­sho said. There are four young can­di­dates in the party.

He added that the re­main­ing can­di­dates are also equally ca­pa­ble and have var­i­ous ex­pe­ri­ences be­fore con­test­ing in the elec­tion.

Pema Gyamt­sho said the cam­paign so far went well and is hope­ful that it will go well in the re­main­ing Dzongkhags as well.

He said that the party is cam­paign­ing based on their pledges. “Peo­ple have learnt about the party’s pledges and we hope that they un­der­stood,” he added.

“DPT fo­cuses on pledges based on the is­sues faced by the peo­ple and not to de­fame oth­ers and to cre­ate re­gion­al­ism. We should not di­vide our small na­tion by re­gion­al­ism. It’s a big threat. We are against it,” Pema Gyamt­sho said.

He added that the party feels the sup­port from peo­ple from all walks of life across the na­tion.

“Wher­ever we went we had a good sup­port. The party is ex­pected to get more than 50% of the to­tal votes,” he said.

Pema Gyamt­sho also cau­tioned voter not to get lured by de­cep­tive prac­tices of the party work­ers.

He added that money should not de­cide the fu­ture of this tiny na­tion and that it would be a threat in the fu­ture if it hap­pened so.

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