1 Updates
Bhutan votes for a change in power
Photo Credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT, Getty Images

Bhutan votes for a change in power

Jul 13 2013, 12:30pm CDT | by

Thimphu, July 13 (IANS) Bhutan Saturday ushered in the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) to power in the second elections to the country's National Assembly since it became a democracy.

Thimphu, July 13 — Bhutan Saturday ushered in the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) to power in the second elections to the country's National Assembly since it became a democracy. The...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Bhutan votes for a change in power

Jul 13 2013, 12:30pm CDT | by

Thimphu, July 13 (IANS) Bhutan Saturday ushered in the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) to power in the second elections to the country's National Assembly since it became a democracy.

Thimphu, July 13 — Bhutan Saturday ushered in the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) to power in the second elections to the country's National Assembly since it became a democracy.

The PDP stormed to power winning 32 of the 47 seats of the National Assembly or the lower house of Bhutan's parliament while Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley's Druk Phuensom Tshogpa (DPT) party could manage only 15, according to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).

To gain power, the winning party needed 24 seats.

In the first elections to the National Assembly in 2008 after the country adopted democracy, the DPT had won 45 seats while the PDP had to be content with just two seats.

Voting Saturday started at 9 a.m. local time (8.30 a.m. IST) and ended around the scheduled time of 5 p.m. in what was a sunny day in the tiny picturesque nation of 750,000 people. Voter turnout was recorded at 70 percent, lower than the 80 percent in the last election in 2008.

Counting started in polling centres that were turned into counting centres immediately after the conclusion of voting.

After the first phase of the elections held May 31, in which four parties were in the fray, the DPT and the PDP had qualified for the second and final phase by virtue of their highest vote tallies.

This means that only one party can form the government and the other will remain in the opposition, ensuring that there is no coalition government in this Himalayan nation as it makes the transition from a monarchy into a democracy.

Elections for the 25 seats of the National Council or upper house were held April 23. While five members of the upper house were nominated by the king, the remaining 20 were elected from the country's 20 dzongkhags or administrative and judicial districts.

All the candidates in the 20 dzongkhags stood as independents as National Council members are not allowed to belong to any political party.

For Saturday's polling, India had provided Bhutan with nearly 2,000 EVMs and India's Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath was invited to oversee the election process.

The results are seen as a defeat for outgoing Prime Minister Thinley's policies of opening up to China, a move that was seen with wariness and even suspicion by India that wields considerable influence over Thimphu's foreign and economic policies. Both parties subsequently agreed not to make India an election issue even though withdrawal of subsidy on kerosene and cooking gas by New Delhi adversely affected energy prices in the country and became a campaign point.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Bangladesh mulls online voting
Dhaka, Oct 20 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) here is considering allowing poll-time officials to vote online, even though general elections in Bangladesh see voters exercise their right to franchise only through the ballot.
 
 
Vitamin B12 could detoxify pollutants
London, Oct 20 (IANS) Looking at how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants, researchers have discovered that vitamin B12 could be the key to combating pollution.
 
 
Stop creating fake profiles to nab criminals: Facebook
New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Social networking site Facebook has asked the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to desist from creating fake profiles to nab criminals.
 
 
'More electricity access in India entailed small climate impact'
London, Oct 20 (IANS) Brushing aside apprehensions about India's growing energy consumption, researchers have found that improving household electricity over the last 30 years in India contributed only marginally to the growth of the nation's total carbon emissions.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

1,074 new dengue cases in Chinese province
Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) China's Guangdong province has reported 1,047 new cases of dengue fever, health authorities said Saturday. Six people have already died in Guangdong -- five in Guangzhou and one in adjacent...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Blake Lively 'always' wanted to be mum
Blake Lively has ''always'' wanted to be a mother. The 27-year-old actress is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds and she admits she's been dreaming of this moment since she was a youngster. Speaking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner 'torn apart' by Bruce's new relationship
Kris Jenner feels ''torn apart and angry'' that Bruce Jenner is dating her former assistant. The 58-year-old matriarch split from the 64-year-old Olympic gold medalist last October following 22-years of marriage but is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini won't move to France
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini doesn't want to move to her husband's home country of France. The 'X Factor' judge, 31, who comes from Newcastle, is adamant she won't be relocating any time soon to suit her new spouse Jean-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lance Bass sets wedding date
Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding. The former *NSYNC singer and his partner Michael Turchin, who have been dating for two-and-a-half years, are to tie the knot on December 20, 2014, a representative for the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Nepal avalanche toll reaches 39
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (IANS) At least 39 climbers died while hiking on a key Nepali route after it was hit by a major snowstorm and avalanches earlier this week, BBC reported Saturday citing officials. Over 350 stranded...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jake Gyllenhaal says society is complicit in 'nightcrawling'
Jake Gyllenhaal says almost everybody in society ought to relate to his new movie 'Nightcrawlers'. The eagerly-awaited film concerns those people who monitor police scanners and then race to crime scenes to film eye-...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
India eves look for first win in AFC U-16 qualifiers
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) India will hope to register their first win of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Women's Championship qualifiers when they take on hosts Bangladesh in a crucial encounter at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Moyes mulling return to management
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said that he is ready to revive his managerial career six months after being sacked by the 'Red Devils'. "I am ready to return. I have enjoyed the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ebola fears loom over Ghana hosting AFCON
Accra (Ghana), Oct 18 (IANS) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) cautioned the government Saturday against hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), despite a request by the Confederation of African Football (...
Read more on Sport Balla