landslide for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, led by Jigmi Y Thinley, secured a landslide victory
in Bhutan's historic National Assembly elections today winning 45 of the
47 seats to the National Assembly.
DPT won all the seats in the eastern, central and southern constituencies.
The People's Democratic Party's Damcho Dorji, Rinzin
Dorji and Tshering Togay won in Gasa, Chukha (Phuentsholing result reversed) and Haa.
PDP president, Sangay Ngedup, lost in his constituency, Kabji-Talo under
Punakha, to DPT's Tshering Penjore.
health minister, Dr Jigmi Singay and several other candidates considered
to be sure winners all lost by substantive margins.
five former ministers, referred to as "old wine in new bottles" during
the election campaign, came through comfortably.
results of the elections surprised many Bhutanese people who had expected
a closer contest between the two parties.
to the election commission of Bhutan, the voter turnout was close to 80
percent of the 318,465 registered voters.
to form the new government
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa was formally declared as the Ruling Party by the
Election Commission of Bhutan today, after having won 44 of the 47 seats
to the National Assembly in yesterday's election.
People's Democratic Party, having won 3 seats in the National Assembly,
will be the Opposition Party. PDP's Damcho Dorji won in Gasa, Rinzin Dorji
in Chukha and Tshering Tobgay won in Haa.
election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, said that the voter turn-out
was 79.4 percent of the 318,465 registered
voters. About 235,893 voted in the 865
polling stations on the electronic voting machine and 17,119 cast their
votes through postal ballots.
People's Democratic Party's representation in the National Assembly was
further reduced to two seats from three,
with the Election Commission of Bhutan admitting that it had made a mistake
in the vote tally of the Phuentsholing constituency under Chukha dzongkhag.
notification from the election commission said that the Druk Phuensum Tshokpa
(DPT) candidate, Chencho Dorji, and not Rinzin Dorji of People's Democratic
Party (PDP) had won from Phuentsholing. On the evening of March 24, PDP's
Rinzin Dorji had been declared the winner with a margin of four votes.