The campaign period for the primary round of the National Assembly elections is in full swing. The president of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) Jigmi Y Thinley has left the capital for campaigning yesterday.
The president Jigmi Y Thinley will visit eastern Bhutan and the other parts of the country as well.
The DPT president will be on the road for about three weeks, and will be meeting party workers and coordinators throughout the country.
With just 20 days left for the primary round poll day, almost all the DPT candidates are rushing towards their constituencies to campaign.
One of the candidates is Ugyen Wangdi, contesting from the Dremitse-Ngatshang constituency of Mongar has reached his constituency yesterday, and is waiting for his president to arrive.
“I will begin the campaign after the arrival of our DPT president; most probably begin from 13th May where I will begin by sharing some of the most important manifesto of the party,” Ugyen Wangdi said.
Further, he said that he is mentally prepared to begin his campaign.
Another DPT candidate, Ugyen Dorji from Dewathang – Gomdar in Samdrup Jongkhar has also reached his constituency. He said that he will soon have the first meeting with his party supporters in the town.
Talking about the campaign, he said that he is waiting for his dzongkhag and gewog coordinator to arrive in Samdrup Jongkhar, after which he will begin his campaign.
“I will meet the people, brief them on our party manifesto, and make pledges. I am confident about my campaign going well,” he said.
Ugyen Dorji will campaign in the five gewogs under his constituency.
Meanwhile, Hemant Gurung arrived at his constituency of Lhamoy Zingkha-Trashiding in Dagana dzongkhag yesterday.
He is on track of holding meetings with the people to start the campaign. Speaking to this paper, he said he will be strictly following the elections norms issued by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).
“I might do door to door campaigning if possible. I am confident that my campaign will result in a good outcome,” he said.
The candidates have only just over two weeks to win over the voters with their pledges, promises, and manifesto.
Bhutan will have its primary round of NA elections on 31st May, and the general round of NA elections is scheduled on 13th July, after which a new government will be formed.
Chencho Dema / Thimphu