Chencho Dema

In a closely contested election, Namgyal Dorji, a 37-year-old representative of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Kabji-Talo in Punakha, secured victory with a total of 4,421 votes, defeating the seasoned politician Tshering Dorji, 61, of the Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP).

Namgyal Dorji is rumored to be a ministerial candidate as well.

Namgyal Dorji garnered 1,227 votes through postal ballots and 3,194 votes through electronic voting machines (EVM). Tshering Dorji, on the other hand, received 765 postal ballots and 2,132 votes in EVM, resulting in a total vote count of 2,897.

The majority of voters in the Kabji-Talo constituency found it challenging to choose between the two candidates due to their remarkable qualifications and experience.

The constituency had a total of 11,292 registered voters.

In Lingmukha-Toedwang, another Punakha constituency, Namgay Wangchuk, a 45-year-old former parliamentarian, emerged victorious with a total of 2,835 votes. He received 1,902 electronic votes and 933 postal ballots.

Gyambo Sithey (PhD), 51 years old, secured a total of 2,206 votes, comprising 1,699 electronic ballots and 507 postal votes. Namgay Wangchuk’s victory margin was 629 votes.

Lingmukha-Toedwang had 7,807 registered voters, including 3,815 males and 3,992 females.

The dzongkhag had 19,102 registered voters, with 9,092 males and 10,010 females, including the postal ballots.