Thinley Namgay

Kelzang Lhundup, a former dzongkhag engineer, has been elected as the National Council (NC) representative for Lhuentse.

With a total of 4,600 votes, 2,581 of which were obtained through postal ballot (PB) and 2,019 from Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Lhundup emerged victorious.

Lhundup worked as a civil servant for 26 years, 11 of which were spent serving as a dzongkhag engineer in Lhuentse. Many voters believe that Lhundup’s work experience and his familiarity with the people of Lhuentse may have played a role in his success.

Lhundup’s lone opponent, Tshering Penjor from Minjey Gewog, received 4,514 votes—2,459 EVM  and 2,055 PB votes.

Although Lhuentse has a total of 18,479 eligible voters, including PB registered voters across their eight gewogs, only around 50 percent participated in the election.

Despite facing seven roadblocks caused by heavy rainfall on the night of April 19, officials and locals were able to clear them in time for the election.