Update: Tandin Wanchuk, contestant from Phuentsholing Maed, who lost to the former Thrompon Monday, has not filed any complaint yet to returning officer (RO) in Phuentsholing.

The 26-year-old, however, had written his grievances on December 29 and was sent through an email, which officials said cannot be considered ‘valid’.

Tandin Wangchuk said he was given a form, which required him to fill the details and file a complaint.

“The form is a very long process,” he said, explaining that he will now have to ‘literally’ develop a case.

In his email letter to the RO, Tandin Wangchuk mentioned that he is “not at all happy with the way the zomdu concluded”. The eligible voters in Phuentsholing Maed were not informed about the nomination of the thrompon candidates.

“Only 48 people turned out at the zomdu,” said the 26-year-old candidate. “Did tshogpa inform all the eligible voters as directed by election officials?”

Thrompon candidates must file in their documents latest by today. The candidates have to submit all the mandatory documents by 4pm.

The new contestants were busy gathering documents. Pekharzhing’s candidate Sangay Tamang, who is also the only female candidate vying for the post of Thrompon was in Thimphu until yesterday afternoon. Rinchending candidate Jigme Dorji was also in Thimphu.

Uttar Rai of the Neydra constituency arrived in Phuentsholing yesterday evening from Chukha.

Candidates are running up and down to produce their court affidavits and graduation certificates.

Rajesh Rai, Phuentsholing