Eight candidates will contest in the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Trashigang.

Of the 15 gewogs and a throm in the dzongkhag, nine aspirants from eight gewogs contested for a seat at the house of review during the dhamngoi zomdu held earlier this month.

Only Radhi gewog had two aspirants – Sonam Tobgay, 38, who secured 370 votes against 217 of his opponent Sangay Tenzin, 37, during the dhamngoi zomdu held on March 4.

The first dhamngoi zomdu was held on March 1 at Bartsham gewog where Ugyen Phuntsho, 25, secured 215 yes votes against 41 no votes.

Dorji Wangchuk, 33, from Bidung gewog secured 112 yes votes against 27 no votes during the zomdu held on March 2.

Samkhar gewog nominated Jamyang, 30, as their candidate with 409 yes votes from a total of 456 voters who turned up at the zomdu on March 2.

Ugyen Dorji, 28, from Thrimshing gewog secured 330 yes votes and 48 no votes. The zomdu was conducted on March 3.

The former DPT MP from Wamrong constituency, Lhatu, 51, sealed his candidature with 436 yes votes from a total of 475 votes in Lumang gewog. The zomdu was conducted on March 4.

Pema Wangda, 31, from Udzorong gewog secured 222 yes votes against 32 no votes on March 4.

A lone aspirant from Shongphu gewog, Chheki Wangchuk, 52, secured 230 yes votes and 26 no votes during the zomdu. The incumbent NC chairperson, Sonam Kinga (PhD) from Shongphu is not re-contesting.

Kanglung, Kangpara, Khaling, Merak, Phongmey, Sakteng, Yangnyer and Trashigang throm did not have nominees.

Trashigang dzongkhag has one of the highest eligible voters this year.

According to the dzongkhag election officials, there are about 47,000 eligible voters. However, only 2,791 voters showed up during the dhamngoi zomdu.

The dhamngoi zomdu that began on March 1 concluded on March 5 in Trashigang.

Younten Tshedup | Trashigang