Yangyel Lhaden 

Election officials conducted dhamngoi zomdu in five out of the eight gewogs in Thimphu: they were conducted in Chang, Kawang, Ge-Nyen, Soe, and Maedwang by yesterday afternoon.

However, aspiring LG candidates from only four gewogs have been nominated, as election officials have yet to collect the result from remote Soe gewog.

Dzongkhag official said, the team that conducted dhamngoi zomdu in Soe went directly to Lingzhi after completing the zomdu in Soe. “We could not contact them for the Soe results.”

Most voters in the Danglo-Namseling chiwog of Maedwang gewog, which has not had a gup from the chiwog since 2008, supported their gup candidate in the zomdu yesterday.

Securing 177 ‘yes’ votes out of the 189 voters gathered for the dhamngoi zomdu, Kado was nominated as the gup candidate from the chiwog.

Maedwang gewog has four gup candidates, three of which are male, and a female.

Chencho Tenzin from Jimina chiwog was nominated as gup candidate with 166 ‘yes’ votes, Tandin Pema from Sisinang chiwog with 241 ‘yes’ votes, and Karma Zangmo from Khasadrapchhu with 147 ‘yes’ votes.

In Chang gewog, there were two gup aspirants. Out of the 21 voters who attended the zomdu in Chang-Yokha and Debsi chiwog, Sonam Zangmo secured 20 ‘yes’ votes and Ugyen from Ramtoktok-Tsangrina chiwog secured 52 ‘yes’ and four ‘no’ votes.

In Kawang gewog, Dazhi-Zhoshuel chiwog saw the highest number of gup candidates. Out of five candidates, Dawa Tshering was nominated as the candidate after securing 148 votes. His four competitors secured 19, 57, 31, and 74 votes.

Dawa Tshering will, however, compete against a gup candidate from Kuzungchen chiwog, Norbu Gyeltshen, who secured 52 ‘yes’ votes from all the voters who attended the zomdu.

Ge-Nyen gewog has four gup candidates.

Namgay Thaye, who secured 69 ‘yes’ votes and 13 ‘no’ votes is the gup candidate from Zanglegkha chiwog. From Genekha chiwog, Tauchung was nominated as the candidate after he secured 71 ‘yes’ and four ‘no’ votes. From Tshochhekha-Zamtok chiwog, Hado Tshering is the gup candidate after securing 76 ‘yes’ votes. Kencho from Chizhi chiwog was nominated as the gup candidate after securing 33 votes. The other contestant from the chiwog, Khandu, secured 24 votes.