Zhemgang elects incumbent

The incumbent National Council member from Zhemgang, Pema Drakpa, 49, won after securing 2,639 votes.

The incumbent secured 1,391 votes by EVM and 1,248 votes through Postal Ballot.

Dorji Cheten got 2,182 votes followed by Sonam Leki with 1,894 votes and Rinchen with 1,217 votes. Sangay Dorji got 870 votes.

Pema Drakpa said, “I would like to thank all the people for voting for me again. Indeed, I was hopeful that people would vote for me, and I am happy that people made the right decision by voting for the right person. Also I was confident that after serving the nation and the people for 5 years, people would choose me, recognizing my commitment toward serving the nation and the people.”

He said he has effectively delivered the three main roles of Parliament; legislation, oversight and representation. “I have communicated with the people to address any constituency issues, and I proved my sincerity, strength and competence for accelerating developmental activities in the constituency,” he said.

At the national level, he said he would like to safeguard the sovereignty and security of the country using his parliamentary experiences to strengthen the National Council. He said he will ensure laws are implementable and expedite the oversight function on the government in order to put the right policies in place and to ensure public money is spent meaningfully.

At the dzongkhag level he said, “I would like to underpin the facilitation of transparency and accountability of developmental activities and nurture the youth on farming enterprise for reducing poverty.”

The incumbent holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Food Technology from Belgium and worked for 14 years in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests before joining the NC in 2013.

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