After securing 290 votes, Sangay Tamang, 34, will now contest for the National Council elections from Tsholingkhar gewog in Tsirang.

His opponent, Ram Kumar Neopaney, 30, secured 247 votes.

About 537 people of Tsholingkhar gewog turned up to cast their votes during the dhamngoi zomdu (nomination meeting) on March 3. The gewog has about 2,339 registered voters.

Tsirangtoed gewog will field Dhan Kumar Sunwar, 31. He secured 184 votes while his opponent, Sangay Tamang, 32, secured 166 votes.  Tsirangtoed has 1,726 eligible voters but during the dhamngoi zomdu, only 350 people turned up. Polling booths were open until 3pm.

From Rangthaling, Nim Karma Sherpa, 56, will contest after securing 358 yes votes and 75 no votes. Rangthaling has 1,837 registered voters.

In Kilkhorthang gewog, Migma Dorji Lama, 30, was nominated after securing 283 yes votes and 42 no votes.

A voter, Bedhi Maya Mongar, 67, from Tsholingkhar said she considers election important and claimed that she voted since 2008.

She explained that unlike the past elections, where she voted as per the recommendation of family members and neighbours, she voted on her own this time.

Although both candidates were equally competent, one impressed her while explaining why he wanted to contest the election. “He told me that during the familiarisation tour recently.”

Another group of voters were busy discussing farm works while they waited for their turn to vote.

They said the candidate should be capable enough to voice their issues at the parliament. “A candidate should first understand our concerns on farming,” farmer Bhagirath Mongar said.

His friend Ratna Lal said that although they know the difference between the roles of a NC candidate and a political party candidate, they expect the candidates to improve the livelihood of farmers. “They should also educate us on various laws in the country.”

Semjong is the only gewog that does not have an NC aspirant from Tsirang.

Nirmala Pokhrel | Tsirang