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Trashiyangtse wrapped up the dzongkhag’s gewog zomdus with the final round in Jamkhar gewog on March 9.

Over 126 of the gewog’s residents signed that they do not have a candidate to nominate for a seat in the National Council (NC).

The dzongkhag so far has six candidates who will face the poll on April 20 – incumbent Tashi Phuntsho from Yallang, Yangtse Throm’s Karma Gyeltshen, Phurpa Gyeltshen from Ramjar, Khamdang’s Sonam Tenzin, Ngawang Tashi from Tongmizhangsa, and Yangtse gewog’s Thinley.

Trashiyangtse Throm’s nomination zomdu held on March 8 saw Karma Gyeltshen secure 116 votes against former Royal Civil Service Commissioner Sangay Dorji who secured 112 votes.

Of the total of 211 votes from two polling stations, incumbent Tashi Phuntsho, 46, got 146 ‘yes’ votes and 65 ‘no’ votes from Yallang gewog.

Sonam Tenzin, 32, was nominated for the NC seat from Khamdang gewog after securing 302 votes against his opponent Dorji, who secured 208 votes.

From Ramjar, Phurpa Gyeltshen, 39, was nominated after securing 313 ‘yes’ votes and 18 ‘no’ votes. He worked with BBS as a news reporter and editor.

Ngawang Tashi, 35, from Tongmizhangsa, secured 262 ‘yes’ votes against 27 ‘no’ votes.

Of the 285 votes from two polling stations, former attorney Thinley, who got 230 ‘yes’ votes and 55 ‘no’ votes, was nominated for the NC seat from Yangtse gewog.

Of the eight gewogs in the dzongkhag, Boomdeling, Toedtsho, and Jamkhar did not have candidates for NC.

According to the dzongkhag election officials, no one has come to file their nomination with the election office as of now. The last date of filing nomination is March 19.

“Common forum of the nominees could happen on March 25,” an election official said.

Ugyen Dorji | Trashiyangtse

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