Ugyen Namgay, 35, from Mochu, Sangbaykha secured a total of 1,730 votes to win a seat in the National Council.

Incumbent Tshering Dorji from Bji gewog secured 1,573 votes.

Ngawang Tobgay from Samar secured 994 votes, 833 from EVM votes and 161 from postal ballots, followed by Tobgay from Haa throm who secured a total of 762 votes, 620 EVM votes and 142 postal ballots.

Pala Dorji, 86, said it was experience that mattered to the voters because all four candidates were capable.

Candidates were not present when the results were declared.

Apart from an incident at the Tshaphel Lower Secondary School polling station, where a man in his 70s arrived to cast vote was listed as a postal voter, the poll-day was smooth and successful.

Karma Dema, 23 from Ingo came with her brother from Thimphu day before yesterday for the poll-day. “All four nominees are well respected and capable.”

Tshering Wangmo, a voter, said that NC representative is expected to work towards the benefit of the people. “Like solving difficulties and challenges of the people. That is the foremost thing.”

Out of 7,658 registered voters, 5059 people cast their votes.

Bji had the highest voter turnout with 855, followed by Katsho with 793. Gakiling had the lowest – 526.

Of the 1,190 postal ballots received by the office of the Returning Officer, 1,119 were accepted and 71 rejected.

Rinchen Zangmo | Haa