Six of the 11 gewogs in Chukha will field a National Council (NC) candidate to contest in the upcoming NC elections.

The remaining five gewogs did not have contestants during the dhamngoi zomdu.

From Phuentsholing gewog, Hem Kumar Ghalley, the lone aspirant during the zomdu was nominated to contest in the NC election.

The 32-year-old ICT businessman from Wangdigatshel (Ramitey) village secured 265 yes votes against 49 no votes.

Logchina and Geling gewogs also had lone contestants during the zomdu. Both secured more yes votes.

Logchina gewog nominated Damcho Gyeltshen, 32 with 217 yes votes and 127 no votes during the zomdu.

Damcho Gyeltshen from Chimuna village in Logchina has worked as an NFE instructor.

The lone candidate from Geling gewog, Kinley Dorji, 33, sealed his candidature by receiving 196 yes votes at the dhamngoi zomdu on February 28.

Kinley Dorji is a language and literature graduate from Taktse College of Language and Culture Studies in Trongsa.

In Bjachhog gewog, Tshewang Lhamo, 37, secured 165 yes votes against 18 no votes. She is the lone female candidate contesting from Chukha. Tshewang Lhamo is also the former NC member who served in the 2008-2013 term.

In terms of voters’ turnout, Bongo and Chapcha gewogs saw more people participate during the dhamngoi zomdus in Chukha.

In Bongo, 1,301 voters came to cast their vote for three contenders. NC aspirant Sangay Dorji, 37, a former principal secured 762 votes.

Other two contenders, Tshering Loday, 29 and Pempa, 36, secured 284 votes and 255 votes respectively. Bongo has more than 4,000 eligible voters.

Chapcha gewog also had two contestants at the zomdu. Chukha’s incumbent NC member, Pema Tenzin won by securing 419 votes on February 27. His opponent Sangay Tenzin, 28, got 212 votes.

Meanwhile, Doongna, Getana, Maetedkha, Samphelling, and Darla are the five gewogs in Chukha that did not have any NC candidates during the zomdu.

Dhamngoi zomdu for Chukha started in February 26 and concluded on March 5. Phuentsholing thromde also did not have a candidate.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing