The fourth common forum in Dagana Dzongkhag

Representatives from the four political parties contesting in the primary rounds of National Assembly elections 2013 are going full swing with their campaigns, explaining the party manifestos and ideologies to the voters during the common forum.

In Dagana, the common forum started in Karna gewog on May 12, Lagyab gewog on the May 14, Tshangkha gewog on May 16, and Drujeygang gewog on May 17. The common forum in four other gewogs are underway.

Of the total number of 1,193 postal ballots application, 1,008 have been accepted. The remaining 185 applicants were rejected due to the non- registration with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), improper address, without competent witness, wrong VPIC, and not having a proper mailing address.

In Drujeygang gewog, the representatives of the party talked about their party logos and ideology.

The former MP Sonam Jamtsho, Druk Puensum Tshogpa (DPT), spoke about the party manifesto and informed the people that almost all of the developmental works they had started are finished, with some still underway. He also talked about the party president and he said to the people that having served for five years in the Parliament, he has the experience and will do better, if his party wins.

Karma Dorji, 25, from Khebisa gewog, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a former teacher in Dagana Middle Secondary School talked about the party pledges. He promised a food corporation of Bhutan (FCB) stores to be set up in all the gewogs, increasing the salaries for the local Government post holders, a vehicle and a power tiller in all the gewogs, each gewog to be allotted ambulance, two doctors and one specialist, student loan for the needy students, jobs assurance, full support for the women and youth problems, solving the Rupee Crisis, etc.

Rinzin Lhamo, 27, from Tseza gewog, Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) pledged that the party will look mainly into women’s empowerment. She talked on party manifesto and the background information on the party’s president. She promised there will be free quarters allotted for every gewog administration, to solve youth problems, and freedom for media houses.

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) candidate designate, Tashi, 30, from Drujeygang gewog elaborated on the values of DNT. He pledged for changes in the education system, education continuation for the class 10 failed students in the government schools, new colleges in partnership with the private ones, and of the party’s role within the existing infrastructures.

The Returning Officer (RO) Leki Dorji, under Dagana Dzongkhag said, “All party representatives were friendly, cooperative, and worked in harmony with each other.”

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