Lhatu, 51, from Lumang, a former Member of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly, was nominated as the National Council member from Trashigang after securing the majority votes.
Lhatu secured a total of 4,284 votes, 1933 votes by EVM and 2351 votes by Postal Ballot.
The second biggest vote went to Jamyang with a total of 3,974 votes followed by Sonam Tobgay with 3,867 votes and Ugyen Dorji with 3,557 votes. Chheki Wangchuk got 2,494 votes and Ugyen Phuntsho got 1,288 votes. Pema Wangda secured 1,404 votes.
A total of 11,829 voters took part in the voting in Trashigang polling booths, 5,347 men and 6,482 women voted on poll day.
Lhatu said, “I would like to thank people who voted for me, and I am not surprised with the result because I was confident that people will vote for me. Having a wide range of experiences, including law making and reviews with exposure in almost all the 20 dzongkhags, I am prepared to be a NC member, and people also believe that I can be a good leader, who could best understand and represent their hope and aspirations in the Parliament.”
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu and Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Sherubtse College. He served as MP in the National Assembly from 2008 till 2013 from DPT. He also worked as head of operations at United Nation Development Programme (UNDP).