Ugyen Dorji

The Bhutan Tendrel Party’s (BTP) sweeping success in all three constituencies in Mongar did not come as a surprise to voters and winning candidates alike. 

Despite the People Democratic Party (PDP) securing victories in the primary election in Dramedtse-Ngatshang, Mongar, and the Kengkhar-Weringla constituency, confidence in the BTP’s “potential” prevailed among the people of Mongar.

This win draws parallels with the 2008 general elections when one party, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), dominated the three Mongar constituencies, forming the government. 

Now, the three BTP candidates—Kinzang Wangchuk of Dramedtse-Ngatshang, Naiten Wangchuk of Mongar, and Dorji Wangmo of Kengkhar-Weringla, expressed unwavering confidence in their ability to emerge victorious in the general elections.

Dorji Wangmo’s relentless campaign efforts since November 2022 reflect a dedication that resonated with the electorate. 

Voters acknowledged her potential as a woman representative, recognising the need for diverse voices in Parliament. 

Kinzang Wangchuk, emphasising the importance of free and fair elections, expressed his confidence in serving the country and its people with dedication.

People of Mongar cited the BTP candidates’ perceived capabilities, contrasting them favourably against the PDP. 

Additionally, despite being a relatively new party, the BTP’s strong connection with the community and the hard work exhibited by its candidates garnered trust and support.

In the Kengkhar-Weringla constituency, Dorji Wangmo’s victory in 15 out of 27 polling stations underscored her broad appeal. 

Notably, her triumph in the Baagla Extended Classroom polling station, securing 97 out of 202 registered votes, showcased her significant local support. 

The substantial margins of victory in Gongdue Gewog Centre and Kengkhar Gewog polling station further solidified her standing.

The BTP’s commitment to addressing the needs of the community resonated with voters.

 In the Mongar constituency, Naiten Wangchuk secured victory by 1,199 votes against PDP candidate Sonam Dendup. 

The substantial difference in postal votes played a pivotal role in his success. Naiten Wangchuk’s promise to serve the public and fulfil people’s aspirations garnered substantial support, particularly in his polling station, Mongar public ground, where he secured 411 votes against PDP’s 167.

Meanwhile, in Dramedtse-Ngatshang, Kinzang Wangchuk’s victory in 14 out of 24 polling stations showcased his strong mandate. Being from Shermuhung, the highest vote bank in the constituency, added to his advantage, emphasising the significance of local connections in Bhutanese politics.

Rumors about a potential agriculture minister post for the BTP candidate may have influenced votes, as suggested by a voter from Chali.

 Nevertheless, the numbers speak for themselves—Naiten Wangchuk won a total of 4,477 votes, Kinzang Wangchuk secured 5,689 votes, and Dorji Wangmo emerged triumphant with 4,504 votes.