The people of Trongsa are ready to vote the party of their choice on September 15.

All four parties and their candidates, they say are capable and competent.

Ugyen Tshomo, 22, from Nubi gewog who came to sell her vegetables at Trongsa town said all political parties candidate visited her village for common forum. “I found all candidates capable and strong,” she said.

She said the condition of the farm road make it difficult for farmers like her to sell their agriculture products. “Whoever wins the election need to maintain the farm road and make it pliable,” she said.

A voter, Passang, 38, from remote Thanyi village, which is a day’s walk from Trongsa town said he will choose a party that will serve the country and people.

All political parties and their candidates, he said are competent. “But I haven’t decided who to vote for yet.” He thanked the government for electricity supply, drinking water and electric fencing. “But we are in dire need of a farm road” he said.

Thanyi has eight households.

Another voter, Sonam Tobgay, 53, said that he has decided to vote for one party. “I never talk about political parties in the family. It is an individual right to choose whichever we like,” he said.

A businessman said Trongsa has less population but the people are well aware of political parties. He said that people don’t talk much about the parties but he knows they are prepared and eager to cast their votes.

Meanwhile, the two-day refresher course for election officials concluded yesterday. The polling officials are mostly teachers, health workers, dzongkhag employees, regional and sector workers.

During the course, returning officers brief them on the code of conduct and security.

The election officials need to reach their polling stations 48 hours before poll day.

A total of 188 polling officials, including presiding, polling and security personnel will be leaving for their stations today.

Ugyen Dorji | Trongsa