DNT wins bye-election race in both constituencies

Karma Lhamo and Karma Dorji from Monggar and Nanglam Constituency of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) claimed victory in both the constituencies in the recent bye election held on 29 June

Sonam Penjor

For the recent bye-election for Monggar and Nanglam Constituency Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) claimed victory in both the constituencies.

Karma Lhamo, 42, who represented DNT, was elected from Monggar constituency after securing a total vote of 4149. She secured 1703 from postal ballot, 2281 through polling stations and 165 through mobile voting ballot (MVB).

In Nganglam, Pemagatshel, 45-year-old Karma Dorji of DNT has been elected as the representative from Nganglam constituency at the bye-polls held on 29 June after securing 2951 total votes. He secured 1424 from conventional postal ballots, 448 from MVB, 935 through polling station and 144 from MVB.

For the recent bye-elections, 18,500 eligible voters comprising of 8828 male and 9672 female registered for the election. Of the total, 5,558 voted through EVM votes, which comprise of 2,352 male and 3,206 female. 5,862 comprising of 2,897 male and 2,965 female voted through postal votes.

For conventional votes, 5,094 voters comprising 2,554 male and 2,540 female has voted conventional votes and 768 comprises of 343 male and 425 female voted through mobile voting booth using ballot paper. The overall voter turnout accounts to 61.73 percent.

The press release from the Election Commission of Bhutan states that the registered voters above the age of 65 and voters living with disabilities were facilitated through MVB using EVM to vote in Monggar on 22 and 23June last month.

Similarly, for Nganglam, registered voters above the age of 65, voters living with disabilities, polling stations where there were less than 100 voters, voters residing in Nganglam Throm and its periphery were facilitated with MVB from 24 to 27June last month.

The press release further states that the four candidates who contested in the bye-elections must file the returns of election expenses to the Monggar and Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag Election Office or directly to the Public Election Fund Division in the Election Commission Head Office within thirty days of the declaration of the results that is not later than 5 p.m of 30 July.

According to the ECB, the election petition period of 10 working days for this bye- elections starts from 30 June today and shall end at 5 p.m. of 13 July.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in different parts of the country and the high risks of local transmission, the ECB notifies that all gatherings and celebrations would be prohibited until such time the situation improves.