Dhamngoi zomdu (nomination meeting) in Paro ended at Paro throm on Monday with 22 voters signing confirmation that the throm did not have a candidate.

The dzongkhag thromde has 222 registered eligible voters.

Of the eight aspiring NC candidates from the dzongkhag, six made through the first round of the selection process.

Doteng gewog on March 4 nominated Dawchu, 30, for the NC seat after securing 331 votes against his opponent Tandin Wangdi, 42, who secured 240 votes. The gewog has 801 eligible voters.

A 28-year-old electrical engineering graduate, Sonam Tashi, was nominated from Tsento after securing 603 votes. His opponent, a businessman, Kuenzang Dorji, 34, secured 536 votes. The gewog has 2,137 eligible voters. Voter turnout in Tsento was about 53 percent.

Ugyen Dorji, 39, from Wangchang, secured 290 ‘yes’ votes and 18 ‘no’ votes. Of a total of 2,221 eligible voters in the gewog, 308 cast their votes on March 6.

While Lamgong gewog nominated Ugyen Tshering, Shaba voted for Chencho Dorji and Loong-nyi chose Jangchub Dorji to contest for a seat in the NC from Paro. There were no aspiring candidates from Dopshar-ri, Naja, Dokar, and Hoongrel.

Paro has a total of 18,426 registered eligible voters. However, according to the dzongkhag election officials, the number of eligible voters could change because people can still register to vote until March 21.

The dhamngoi zomdu in the dzongkhag started from Lamgong gewog on February 27.

Dechen Tshomo