Residents of Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency in Trashiyangtse are eager to cast their votes on Saturday.

One of the residents, Goenpo Dorji who attended a common forum said that the representatives of four political parties in Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency are all strong and capable. “All candidates did well in the common forum without defaming each other,” he said.

He said that, all four candidates promised to complete Kholongchhu Hydro project on time. “But I doubt if they pledged the project completion because they want to or just for votes.”

A 41-year-old woman said she sees no logic when some people say that they do not want the old parties to form the new government. “Without any experience, it will be difficult for the new party to govern.”

Another voter said farm roads have reached everywhere but the roads need to be blacktopped and pliable. “I didn’t saw any development activities in Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency in the last five years.” She said it’s better to change the government and the candidate.

Yet another resident said that whoever wins the election, the candidate would represent the people and serve the nation. “But we do not want those parties or candidate who win by bribing voters. Because of that we are afraid of losing good candidates.”

Kuensel learnt that people do not talk much about political parties openly but were active on WeChat groups and other social media platforms.

A taxi driver Singye said that compared to 2008 and 2013 elections, people are today well aware of the four political parties. “People in the villages are more intelligent than those in towns.”

Yesterday, the President of People Democratic Party (PDP), Tshering Tobgay also campaigned in Trashiyangtse where he said that in the last ten years, PDP has not won once from Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency. He urged the people to vote for PDP this time.

“Do not vote for PDP, if we haven’t worked in the last five years for the country,” he said.

Neten Dorji  | Trashiyangtse