The president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Dr Lotay Tshering, will be nominated as the party’s prime ministerial candidate, the party said. 

A press release from the party stated that as stipulated in the Constitution under Article 17 (i), the president will receive Dakyen from His Majesty The King to assume the responsibility of the Prime Minister. 

“It is only after receiving the Dakyen that the prime minister is empowered to recommend a list of elected members from the party based on which His Majesty The King will appoint the ministers, in keeping with Article 17 (iii) of the Constitution,” it stated. 

The 10-day petition period for the general elections will end on November 6. 

The party’s executive committee is discussing the appointment of a new president of the party. 

The press release stated that the party charter highlights the need for a new president in the event the erstwhile party president assumes the role of the prime minister. 

The party’s charter states: “The President of the Party shall not hold both the post of the Party President and the post of the Prime Minister or the Opposition Leader, as and when the check and balance in the Party is deemed necessary by the central executive committee.    

The charter also states that if the party wins, the nominee (s) for the post of the prime minister or the opposition leader need not be limited to the party president.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Bhutan issued certificates to the 30 candidates of the party who were elected in the general elections yesterday. 

Tshering Palden