Choki Wangmo | Dagana

Birendra Chimoria from Tsendagang Gewog won over three other National Council (NC) candidates in Dagana.

The former physical education teacher secured 7,143 votes—1,846 postal ballots (PB) and 5,297 electronic voting machine (EVM) votes.

Chimoria who also contested in the last NC election thanked His Majesty The King and the voters of Dagana. “I’m honoured to get this trust from the people to serve for five years.”

“After 10 years, Dagaps have finally vested their trust in me. The landslide victory is late but well understood by them,” he said.

In 2018, he secured the highest number of votes from the EVM, 1,833 votes compared with the incumbent Surjaman Thapa’s 1,794 votes.

Chimoria has a master’s degree in Health and Physical Education and was working with the Bhutan Football Federation before joining politics.

The dzongkhag received 5,448 PB including 21 from abroad. Of that, 219 were rejected.

Of the 27,601 voters in the dzongkhag, 15,678 voted, out of which 10,449—5,459 males and 4,990 females—voted through EVM.

Kana gewog has the most registered voters (2,868) with five polling stations (PS) and Nichula with the lowest at 852 with only two PS.

Records with election officials show that the number of registered voters increased this year.