One of the constituencies in Paro is taken over by a former minister of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and other by a local actress who won one for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Doga-Shaba constituency was dominated by the PDP represented by Bhutanese actress Kezang Wangmo who secured the highest votes with 2,654 votes (2,419 cast through the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and 235 from the postal ballots).
The DPT secured second place with its 1,632 votes which is the total of 1,480 from the EVM and 152 from postal ballots. The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) got 686 votes from 592 EVM votes and 94 from the postal ballots. DCT received 154 votes of which 146 were from the EVM and 8 through the postal ballot.
In an interview with the PDP candidate of Doga-Shaba constituency, an excited Kezang Wangmo said, “I feel the energy that I should work harder. I believed in myself and believed in the people.”
She considers the general round as very important and asked the people to not go for the candidates possessing money or great oratory skills but opt for the potential candidates.
Chencho Dorji represented the DPT from Doga-Shaba constituency and he could not be contacted on call.
In the Lamgong-Wangchang constituency, the former economic affairs minister Khandu Wangchuk of DPT took the lead in the constituency by securing 3,158 votes of which 2,892 were from the EVM and 266 through postal ballots. The PDP secured 2,022 votes of which 1,779 from EVM and 243 through postal ballot.
The DNT secured 476 votes of which 397 were EVM votes and 79 were through postal ballot. DCT got 279 votes of which 259 were through the EVM and 20 through postal ballots.
PDP’s candidates from Lamgong-Wangchang, Ugyen Tshering said”Though it was a tough fight, it is such an honor to go through the primary round.”
“From the beginning onwards the voice towards our party was positive and people have filtered them now,” he said expressing his happiness.
He looks forward to the general elections and says he cannot just relax from here on.
Now that citizens have chosen the two political parties, he will keep eyes and ears open on the pledges made and follow them very closely.
There are 16, 393 registered voters in Paro Dzongkhag of which 7,606 are from Doga-Shaba constituency and 8,787 from the Lamgong-Wangchang constituency.
The voter turnout stands at 67.5%.