The horse remains strong in Haa

Replicating the outcomes of primary elections, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) outpaced Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) as it came out victorious, yet again, in the two constituencies of Sombaykha and Bji-Katsho-Uesu.

With a vote difference of 901, DPT candidate from Sombaykha Dago Tsheringla lost to the former Opposition Leader (OL) and PDP president Tshering Tobgay.

The former OL secured 1,503 votes, 1,223 of the votes were cast through electronic voting machine (EVM) and 280 from postal ballot votes, while Dago Tsheringla secured only 602 votes of which 536

were through EVM and 66 were from postal ballots.

The constituency has 3082 registered voters.

With a vote difference of 403, former health secretary, and DPT’s candidate from the Bji-Katsho-Uesu, Dr Gado Tshering lost to PDP candidate Kinley Om, a former accounts officer/ relationship manager.

Dr Gado secured 1,319 votes, of which 1,155 came from EVM and 164 through postal ballots, while Kinley Om won by securing 1,722 votes, of which 1,471 came through EVM and 251 from postal ballots. The constituency has 3,813 registered voters.

The voter turnout for the dzongkhag stands at 74.6%. The voter turnout increased by 10% from the primary round as it was 64.3% for the primary round.

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