Ruling People’s Democratic Party ousted in first round polls in Bhutan
September 16, 2018 05:05 PM NPT
THIMPU, Sept 16: In what came as a major election upset the incumbent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) got knocked out of the primary round of the general elections. It secured the third highest votes after DNT and DPT.
The other party that got knocked out was the Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), which came fourth.
Instead, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) got the highest amount of votes to go through to the second and final round scheduled for October 18.
The other party to get through to the second round was the incumbent Opposition party, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT).
The primary round of the elections saw four parties competing in the form of PDP, DPT, DNT and BKP.
PDP and DPT were in Parliament as the ruling and opposition parties respectively from 2013-18 while the DNT and BKP were outside parliament with the DNT having taken part in the 2013 polls securing 17 percent in the primary round at the time.
Bhutan’s election laws allow only two parties to compete in the general election round.
The voter turnout was a record 66.27% with 290,744 voters voting out of the total 438,663 registered voters.
Postal ballots made a huge impact with 108,580 votes coming by way of postal ballots.
DNT secured the highest postal ballots at 37,556 followed by DPT at 36,912, PDP at 23,703 and BKP at 10,409.