The dhamngoi zomdu (gewog nomination meeting) for National Council (NC) elections in Wangdue dzongkhag wrapped up with the completion of its 16th zomdu in Kazhi gewog on March 13.

The dzongkhag conducted its zomdu back to back to cover more places and to reach more people. The dzongkhag began its zomdu covering Gase Tshogom and Gase Tshowom gewogs simultaneously on February 24, moving on to Bjena gewog and Thedtsho gewog the next day.

All five national council aspirants, one each from Bajo throm, Bjena, Rubesa, Sephu, and Thedtsho gewogs got through the first round of selection process.

Rada Wangchuk from Bajo throm got 116 yes votes and 18 no votes during the zomdu on February 26 while Passang Thrinlee from Bjena gewog secured 194 yes votes and 21 no votes on February 25.  The incumbent NC member, Tashi Dorji from Rubesa secured 245 yes votes and 10 no votes on February 28. Dawa Tshering from Sephu gewog got 356 yes votes and 25 no votes on February 27, and Thinley from Thedtsho got 70 yes votes and 42 no votes on February 25. The other gewogs didn’t have candidates.

A total of 2,363 voters, 883 men and 1,480 women, across the dzongkhag turned up to vote at the zomdu.

Sephu gewog saw 381 voters turning up to vote at the zomdu, the highest reported in the dzongkhag’s zomdu according to election official.

Rubesa gewog has the highest eligible voters of about 1,896. The 15 gewogs and the throm in the dzongkhag have together about 19,540 voters.

Karma Cheki