The dzongkhag of Sarpang chose the two candidates from the People’s Democratic Party, Gopal Gurung and Rinzin Dorji by giving 5, 051 and 5, 232 votes respectively.
Gopal Gurung from Gelephu constituency secured 1, 072 postal ballot votes and 3, 979 electronic voting machine (EVM) votes, while the Shompangkha candidate Rinzin Dorji secured 560 postal ballot votes and 4, 672 EVM votes.
DPT’s Karma D. Wangdi, a former National Council member from Sarpang lost to PDP’s Gopal Gurung and managed to secure a total votes of 4, 267 votes.
While Nandalal Rai, the former Information and Communications Minister lost to PDP’s Rinzin Dorji and managed to secure a total votes of 2, 830.
Gopal Gurung, 45, is from Namkhaling under Gelephu and he studied in Sainik School and graduated from India, and later joined the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) and served for 22 years.
Rinzin Dorji, 49, is originally from Shingkhar under Zhemgang but later settled in Jigmeling, Sarpang. He has a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Institute of Social Studies, Hague, the Netherlands. He had also worked as planning and administrative officer in various dzongkhags and also served as chief planning officer in Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC).
He also served as Dzongda in Samtse and Haa.
Sarpang has 26, 022 registered voters.