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Staying voiceless on Election Day

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Voters braves the bad weather

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Creatures of habit: Bringing back the familiar

Primary election result explained

| Dawa Norbu & Dechen Dolkar

| Ugyen Wangmo - Thimphu


he said it all but the whole nation is still poring over the primary election outcome looking for a deeper meaning. But the political analyst, explains the result putting to rest the ‘why and how’ about the result. According to the findings of the political analyst, Druk Phunensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) success in Jigme Y Thinley Ritu Raj Chhetri garnering the highest vote is atVotes : 3,742 Votes : 5,954 tributed to four possible aspects. Won by 2,731 votes Won by 3,635 votes Firstly, it is the track record of DPT for having fulfilled 150 pledges out of 153 promises which was made to the people in 2008. Secondly, the leadership of DPT was proven and tested. It was Gasa found that people gave a lot of attention and thought on the need of good leader in a nation. People Thinley Palden Dorji Sangay Tshoki Punakha shiyangtse Tra wanted a leader who can espouse Votes : 2,741 Votes : 2,014 Lost by 2 votes Lost by 33 votes the country’s cause internationalWangdue secure the nations security g ggar ly, and Phodrang igan Mon Haa Trashsovereignty poised as Bhutan and Sa is precariously between two gigandrup mt Samgkhar Sarpang se Chhukha n tic neighbors. o J May 31: Voters queued up to bring back the parties they are most familiar with at Changbangdu polling According to the analysis, it is station, Thimphu PDP : 32 DPT : 15no small business to be left in the Kinley Dorji Tshering hands of inexperienced leaders for but only want to live on with old farmer from Pemagatshel | Ugyen Wangmo - Thimphu The Election Commission of Bhutan will make a formal declaration of results today morning. Votes : 356 Votes : 1,864 a tiny country like Bhutan as its the same experience that they said that PDP and DPT are the Lost by 2 votes Lost by 42 votes sovereign independence will alknow very well.” huTANeSe elecTorATe only two parties that he knows ways be its biggest concern. She pointed out that when of. even if he had wanted decided to be the Most electorate thought about Bhutan transitioned from a change in leadership he creatures of habit by is and felt the country cannot be monarchy to democracy, couldn’t bring himself to vote pushing the button for the governed by an unknown quanBhutanese whined over the for the new entrants, because two old parties they are only tity. change. he didn’t know them at all to familiar with, Druk Phuensum The third reason for DPT’s win Now, people have grown be able to believe in them. Tshogpa (DPT) and Peoples was analyzed to be their huge very comfortable and used to he said, “Voting for either Democratic Party (PDP). presence in the rural Thakur Singh Powdyel Tek Bahadur Subba Kezang Wangmo Kinley Om Dorjiareas, Choden which the former government that Nyamrup or chirwang would Kinga Tshering election Norbu Wangchuk Yesterday, commiswas a well known and Votes : 2,877 Votes : 5,239 Votes : 3,571 Votes : 1,722 Votes : well 2,541 acVotes Votes : 2,743 they rejected ‘change’ be like off a cliff sion of: 2,047 Bhutan (ecB) officially Lostwalking by 2,362 votes Wonblindby 2,362 votes Wonthe by 1,186 votes that Won bycepted 403 votesbrand. Won by 1,350 votes Won by 33 votes Won by 2 votes might have done them well. folded,” so “I chose to remain declared DPT who received the As for the fourth reason, DPT She however would highest vote of 93,949 followed mired in misery than to head had a good team and most imRegistered voters : 38,1790have The Voters Votergovernment, turnout : 25,2249 wanted a Total new but by PDP with 68,650 as the two toward an unknown.” portantly, their manifesto was far Highest voter turnout : now withKhatoed-Laya the oldconstituency parties back Tandin Wangmo, 42, govwinning party who will go into ahead of the others in terms of in Gasa Dzongkhag she will have to accept ernment servant said, “Bhutathe general round of election. depth, vision and implementation Total registered voters : 902the deTotal“so voter turnout : 802 change plan, to name just a few. called nese people don’t want change feat that the Sonam Wangchuk, 61 year Lowest voter turnout : Nanda Lal Rai Rinzin Dorje Now, coming to the win by Dorji Wangdi Pema Drukpa Gelephu constituency, Sarpang Dzongkhag Jigme Y Thinley Votes : 3,742 Won by 2,731 votes

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Total registered voters : 14,648 Total voter turnout : 9,318

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Proposed House

Green House Site

Proposed Future Camp Site Could be used as Counselling room when the trees grow up

Concrete Water Tank

Nation wakes up to a new dawn


inally the calm of consciousness returns after the drunkenness of political delirium. Morning after the poll day 2013 election, nation wakes up to the white horse galloping across the country with the pride of victory. Today the nation glimpsed the first out line of reality decided by the nation together; it is a new government which they have decided for, a government that will bring change and dynamism. Knowing that electing public officials is the most important act of any citizen in any democracy, we choose leaders who will have the power to make decisions that bind all of us together. We found that it was one of the most complex things we can do in life if we try to do it rationally. It was not an easy task to reflect critically on the criteria used and the electoral choices that resulted from the ‘criteria’. But we did it, voted rationally for the benefit of the whole nation, keeping in mind and considering the issues that matter the most to the nation at this juncture of time and against which the candidates were assessed. The results are out and the biggest question on everyone’s mind has been answered, Peoples Democratic Party triumphed over Druk Phuensum Tshogpa having won in 32 constituencies out of 47. But that is hardly good news for those who are deeply attuned to the old government. The outcome suggests that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa was unable to use their relatively popular pledges or their success during the past five years to raise enough support for the DPT candidates in yesterday’s elections. A closer look at the outcome also showed that many incumbents who were seemingly popular were actually defeated by small margins at the polls. The election result had much to do with the change the nation was looking for.

CEO: Sonam Gyeltshen Editor: Ugyen Wangmo Dzongkha Editor: Khandu Dorji Reporters: Pema Denkar, Dechen Dolkar, Tashi Namgyal, Usha Drukpa, Karma Dema, Jigme Thugten, Tshering Tashi, Passang Dema, Dawa Norbu Designer: Phuntsho Choden Marketing: S.Choden (17671715) Circulation Manager: Damchoe Wangmo Published by : The Journalist, Tshering Sonam Building, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan. PO. 1336. Tel. : (2) 331653 Fax : (2) 321680 Email : Printed at : Kuensel Corporation, Thimphu, Bhutan

Fruiting Apple Trees (13 Nos.)

| Dawa Norbu


s the electorates travelled around to vote for the general election it also appeared to be an occasion where people stretched across the country had come together to their respective home town, reunited with their families. It is evident that most of the people in Bhutan are stretched across the country by nature of work, their service placement and settlement. However the poll day hasd gathered them together reuniting all the family members together, which otherwise is a rare occasion. “Nine members of my family has gathered together purposefully for the poll day,” said Sonam Chophel from Trashigang Thrimshing. He however has more members in his family but couldn’t be with them since they had voted through the postal ballot. Still, he is excited since most of his family members had gathered together for the significant event. He said that over the course of time it had become difficult for all the family members to come together and is glad for the Election Day to have brought them together. Apart from fulfilling his civic responsibility it was also a pleasant opportunity to spend his time with his family as it had been a long time that he had stayed away from his family. He went on describing

his emotions in two words “eager and happy”. He explained that he is eager to vote and happy in way the poll day has brought together, almost his entire family member. Similary, Wangmo told that she had come home to Paro a day prior to the Election Day. Except for her sister all the other family members comprising of seven family members inclusive of her has gathered together for the poll day. More than anything she is happy for the time she will get to spend with her family, she added joyfully. She also elaborated on how it is very important for the people to be happy and encouraged to vote and exercise their franchise carefully given the significance of the day. Being happy will play a huge role in making sure that people participate intelligently, she explained. She added that she is very excited to see almost all of her family come together and more importantly happy for she will vote together with her family. However she said that she had voted for the party of her choice rather than going with the decision of her family. Similarly kezang Choden from Pemagatshel a mother of four children said that all of her family members have come home to village except for one daughter who stays in Thimphu. She said that she is happy and thankful for such occasion as she got the chance to meet with her children

since during other times they stay away from her owing to their different work places. Even if her family has come together only with the reason to vote, she is still happy for there can be no cause greater than the purpose to vote for a government, as a reason to bring them together. Similarly, Jangchu Dema of Bumthang said that all of his children are eligible voters. But two of her children will not be joining the family since they have already voted through postal ballot. Still she is happy for her other children is home to vote together as a family. While going around the polling stations in Thimphu, it was found that most of the electorates have come with their family to cast their vote. At the changangkha polling station it was Tenzin Pelzang, 79 year old grandfather who was leading his seven family members to vote. He said that his entire family has gathered together especially to cast their ballot. He expressed his excitement on how it was the first time when his sons, daughter and grandchildren had all come together. In some other parts of the Dzongkhags, it was learnt that the families had picnicked in the grounds around the polling station. Almost in all the polling stations that the Journalist had covered found that the electorate had made the day a family event.

Syntex Tank with Sprinkle Facility

Apple Orchard Plantation of Vegetables which require more water

| Karma Dema & Usha Drukpa


oinciding with the first sermon of Lord Buddha, 52 women prisoners were sent to an agriculturebased female open air prison in Dawakha, Paro, which is first of its kind in the country. The noble project which was envisioned by His Majesty the King was formally launched by the Venerable Yangbi Lopon on July 12. In an earlier similar launch, 151 male prisoners were sent to assist the reconstruction of Lhakhangs in Paro and Haa. However because of the strenuous physical work and other associated risks involved, woman were not sent along with the other male prisoners in the earlier project. But the need to attend the women prisoners with definite programs of reformation and rehabilitation geared up. The Royal

Bhutan Police, upon the command of His Majesty the King, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, developed a project to start the agriculture based “Female Open Air Prison.” The project, “Female Open Air Prison” will provide the female prisoners enough time to help themselves in the process of decriminalization and reintegration into mainstream society besides providing them with the necessary adjustment in life. At present, the female prisoners are released directly from the prison on completion of their sentence. And with such situation they were known to have faced critical reintegration problems without the social or monetary support to adjust them back to the normal life. Such circumstances were deemed as factors that might force the prisoners to resort back to

Plantation of Vegetables which require less water

their criminal habits and increase the recidivism and crime in the society. But the agriculture based female open air prison will provide the prisoners with an opportunity to make necessary adjustments in life before reintegrating in to the society and help them in the process of decriminalization. The main objective of such prison is to reduce overcrowding in prison and to maintain good living conditions. Besides it will also enable female prisoners to earn income before their release. As such it will help make them a valuable human resource, providing a platform to live a healthy life in the society without any stigma after release. In addition the open air prison will also promote “family bonding”, giving the female prisoners with an opportunity to rejoin with their husbands, children and live with them

in the premises. Such contact will help improve the psychological conditions of the prisoners. A prison will function as a farm focused on the production of organic vegetables with latest farming technology in the form of a mechanized farming or green house farming. The organic products will be marketed and supplied to Thimphu and other nearby areas. The prisoners will be entitled for payments of wages, but the amount earned from the supply of vegetables will be accrued as their income. It will serve as a purpose to give the female prisoners an opportunity to abandon their old habits and lead a productive lifestyle. Dechen wangmo, 50 year old prisoner said that she is really excited and looking forward to the new environ. She is happy that at their new home they will

be mostly engaged in agricultural activities which according to her will allow them to help contribute to the society. And she pledged to fulfill the dreams of His Majesty the king. The female prisoners were all ready to embark on a noble cause and be the role model of the country. And all of them agreed that they are very lucky to be bestowed such an opportunity which will give them a better future as opposed to those who are released directly after the completion of their sentence. Apart from organic products, Chief of Police, Dasho Kibchu Namgyal said that, “in future we are also planning to set up a dairy and poultry farming for the prisoners of Dawakha.” The biggest benefit of the project however will be “Reunification of the mother and child and the family,” he concluded.

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From PG 01 confident that the party that he had chosen will definitely benefit the nation. Peoples Democratic Democratic Party Party It was was found found that that DNT DNT Peoples It “This feeling and emo(PDP), lost (PDP), according according to to the the lost mainly mainly because because tions that has overcome analysis, the analysis, they they won won bebethe Bhutanese Bhutanese society society in me drove me here at cause of their Brand. is just not ready to cause of their Brand. is just not ready to acacjust so so that that she she doesn’t doesn’t the effect effect of change, be it just the change, it this early of hour,” he be said. Besides they were also cept a woman leader. 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A newthey government should have come in.excited the old people were country. win but it is the same old two political parties For example, will and all they did was try For example, they will and all they did was try one knows knows than than the the god god in many many uncomfortable one in uncomfortable 42 year old Businessman to seefemale the cameras focused The people people of the don’t na- trust Bhutanese leader initiate unemployment and sell again. Ifwith. people ofways. Bhutan do not give oppor- initiate unemployment and sell that that one one person person one is is not not familiar familiar with. ways. one at them. had waited long enough tion, with an umbrella going by the Nc result and primary result. If allowance. throughout the country. throughout country. for new political totogovern change in intunity leadership Sothe inparties thatday regard she our allowance. It was notthe only the Bhuover their head greeted change leadership in that regard she forSo poll arrive. And finally, PDP had DNT had a prominent figure or a male leader And also it was youth to And finally, PDP had tanese who were excited And also it was youth each other and gave country dynasty forthe the old same means changing changing theit would be is a happy that the former means the is happy that former “When it did finally arthe best candidates repredriven, another reason witness the big day, even warm hugs were hereby then they might have had a chance. 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Bhutaand Druk it interms of people or or who were enthusiastically Druk chirwang together. it interms of people give fullthe support only the civil and situations, try. and They are just just creatures of to habit,” situations, and are the creatures of habit,” nese don’t want change they want to stick to for a Tshogpa (DcT) lost lostdressed, the coveringsaid thethe event ideas,” said the political Beautifully Tshogpa (DcT) the ideas,” political servants despite not ready ready to to be jolted jolted by them she having says. the privileges of battle. not be by she says. documentary. goggled up and a smile on are analyst. their old thing that they used to. battle. analyst. excitement but to But go to come and cast a vote even allowance and other remuneration. we, their face with the hope of Similarly, in another Tashi Wangmo, civil Servant, Thimphu. polling station, people their party to win. Police the ignored pollingand station even though I private wasn’t employee well,” are left behind. werewill eagerly lined up for I wasand surethe thatsecurities PDP and DPT be leading officers if it meant waiting,” He said that his expectaI want the government who can supporthe the theirevery turn time as theand electorate were guard on the way theon election.I watch television said. tion after casting a vote is, private employee. moved inside to cast their to supervise the gates in I found the two Another ‘first to vote’ whoever wins, he wishes vote. more The capable line seemingly polling station forleading safety parties was 72 year old Ap Dago that the partyBuddha would bring then other two.” While her 69-year-old became more longer as fair the election. Gurung, 33, Tourist Guide, Gelephu and more voters 8:13AM, Babesa, there Tshering, Changprosperity and strengthen husband interrupts the conversation andjoined said, in for Khamadatconstituency the big day. were 19 voters, where 8 bangdru polling station. the nation. “I was expecting Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa to Even one ignorant vote females and 11 males He was brimming with Voting is a responsibilbe already one of the leadingup, parties.” will have a detrimental had queued being the I don’t any excitement other party for more capable ity and one can find never impact theresult process of waiting for two the goes voting Then the onto debating overtothe first in the line and didn’t force their then family, friends DPT and the people have chosen the start. Shortly afterwards democracy and influence both trying to convince each other over their the whole nation. But by the crowd increased, addmind having to wait or relativesright as toparty. whom to looking at the voter turningview. up to the line, more for the polling booth to vote, he said. “Vote canTshering lhamo, corporate employee with older out in every polling people than65-year-old Aum Wangmo, resident of station open. not be compromised,” he it conveyed a message that in Phuentsholing, chhoeKhor- with the young or middle Phuentsholing. Rather he piped in and added. the people have now unaged people. Irrespective TANG constituency. commented on the pleasTenzin Pelwang, 79, the derstood theleading importance of of Itheir observawas age, prettythe sure that the DPT will be the process of democracy tion however showed how ant weather which perfirst person to vote at the the election from the start.inI the don’t meanand the has recountry I was expecting to lead the electionhis but older people were more fectly complimented Changangkha polling PDP other parties are not worthalized but DPT and PDP the need for them to concerned about the elechowever am happy with the result.” mood. station, said, “I am Ireally cast their vote. tion and eager for the new are much better. It home, was learnt most excited for it is our respon“Although away from I keepthat myself up- government. In fact, all the According to Dorji LhaTashi lhamo, lAMGoNGpeople had showed up sibility as the citizen to be mo, 52, at the Changangdated with everything happening in my counpeople of Bhutan were. WANGchANG constituency kha pollingin Paro station, the The sounds of the easince were exmindfully involved.” try through socialearly media andthey other sources. vote is theresult voiceand of the peogerI voters whooverwhelmed were in a with cited and concerned as According to him it deam really the And I was eagerly waiting for the result to be group was overlapped by ple and it will determine to who will form the new pends on the people as to satisfied indeed. The resultthe is because the updated on the social media. kind of ofgovernment the sound of drill made by government. what kind of government who voted and the people they are going have to have. She thepeople laborers of have the nearby citizenmesmerisworking in It is indeed is produced. Phuba Dorji, a Bhutanese thatthere the people construction. Senior decided for the rightcitiparty.also evensaid though united States from zens chewing doma and are in every way responsiing to see the electorates “Our vote will deterhad been two new political parties not one ble for making the election chanting prayers waited reach the polling station mine our future realiz- KABISA-TAloG constituency. them make it to athe general roundelecting success towards in of line withcould a hope that early even before the polling this and have prayed a government that will best best willItwin todiscourage lead ofofelection. will the new parties I am very happy to know that DPT won the ing booth opened. and voted for a party,” he work in the interest of the thefrom nation to a brighter fu-future. coming up in the primary for me thecitizen leading Each andboth every said. “All he wantedelection. from And people and the nation as a ture. are very whole. employee, The line started getof Bhutan who voted had being the parties first person at good. Phurba Tenzin 24, corporate She also expressed her ting more crowded but one expectation in comthe polling station was to constitiuency Tsheringmo, lhuentse the scene was dominatedwamrong happiness on seeing more mon and that was, “My make sure that his vote numbers of people gathmostly by the male voters Satsham Chorten, Bhutan vote will benefit the peo- Paro, was counted for the party ered to participate unlike than the females. ple and the nation.” of my choice and he was the primary election. Some of the voters had

Creatures of habit: Bringing “This is what the back the familiar is nowhere nowhere in in sight sight and and is is is unlikely for for the the next next five five unlikely years.” years.” Sonam choden, choden, 29 29 Sonam year old old corporate corporate ememyear ployee said said that that change change ployee in leader leader will will bring bring in in in new rules rules and and ideas. ideas. And And new it will will in in turn turn demand demand exexit tra work work and and energy energy so so as as tra to be be able able to to get get adapted adapted to with the the change. change. with “Subsequently it it is is “Subsequently always easier easier to to say say no no always to a a possible possible new new leader leader to and stick stick with with what what one one and is already already familiar familiar with with is and avoid avoid the the trouble,” trouble,” and she said. said. she But it it is is not not to to say say that that But she is is happy happy with with the the forforshe mer government. government. There There mer are numerous numerous complaints complaints are against their their perforperforagainst mance and and it it will will always always mance haunt her. her. But But she she will will haunt push it it back back in in her her mind mind push and learn learn to to live live with with it it and | Usha Drukpa “


eeeeeppppp” goes the electorate and the first voter, Ap Passang Wangdi, 83, who served 43 years in government from south Thimphu, Babesa, had reached the polling station as early as 6:30 AM to cast his vote. He finally voted and exited the peace of polling booth with an overwhelming smile of satisfaction. He created a friendly environment for the anxious voters who were waiting behind him in the queue. Ap Wangdi said that the institution of constitutional democracy in Bhutan is a soelra (gift) from His Majesty the Kings and the people of Bhutan are very lucky to have received it. Voting according to him is a must and important for every Bhutanese to take it seriously. He said that, “It is the blessing from the triple gem that I could

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people are saying about the primary election result”


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ichiyoshi Kiaho from the “land of rising sun’’ enjoys the grandeur as a renaissance man after having stolen lime light dating back to the year 1994, where he successfully completed “The Trans-American” foot Race from Los Angeles to New York covering almost 7400 kms.


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ll the polling stations the Journalist had recorded yesterday was met with the pleasant sight of kids accompanying the parents who had come to cast their ballot. Kids saw the polling station yesterday, as a place for exploration while the parent saw their presence as a positive experience and exposure for the kids to understand about the importance to vote. Among the voters interviewed by the Journalist was a 27 year old Tashi Wangdi who was accomཐོན་ལམི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ དུས་ཡུན་རིངམོ་ panied by his 10 year old འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། bother. According to him it is im-་ རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ལས་འགུལ་གྱི portant that as the counདོན་ལས་ མ་དངུལ་ས་ཡ་ བགོ་ try moves forward༡༥ with democracy, the children བཀྲམ་འབད་དེ་ ཡོད་སར་ལས་ ད་ཚུན་ who would possibly vote in the future ནང་ན་གི་སྡེབ་རིས་ be educated རྫོང་ཕྱི་ཁའི་ལཱ་དང་ and made aware about ཚུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་སྟེ་ཡོད་མི་དེ་གིས་ ཟད་ the importance of making their vote count in every འགྲོ ་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ ས་ཡ་ ༡༤ དེ་ཅིག་ election. བཏང་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། He added that Bhutan reflects a young demographརྫོང་དེ་ནང་ ནང་རྟེན་ གཞན་ཚུ་ ic profile which shows that there will beཤུལ་མའི་ཟླཝ་དག་ increase in བཞེངས་ནི་འདི་ the number of eligible votཔ་ཅིག་གི་ནང་འཁོད་བསྒྲུབ་ཚུགས་ ers and would make a very high composition of young པའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་དེ་སྦེ་འདུག voters in future. So bringམགར་ས་རྫོང་འདི་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༡༦༤༨ ing young people along to the polling place will open ལུ་ ཞབས་དྲུང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་གིས་ གདན་ a space for them to observe, learn and reflect in ས་བཅགས་གནང་པའི་ཤུལ་ ལུ་སྡེ་ some way or another. སྲིད་དང་ བླ་ཆེན་ཚུ་གིས་ རིམ་པ་ Likewise, Tshering Dema said that “when elders have བཞིན་དུ་ རྒྱ་བསྐྱེད་མཛད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་ is no school school and road is no road taken time toand learn about connectivity indemocracy her vilvilཔའི་གནས་ཚུལ། connectivity her the system ofin lage. Students have to in Bhutan, thehave children’s lage. Students to shouldfor given opwalk foralso fivebe hours every walk five hours every portunity learnto day from to home toabout the it day from home the without any delay.” nearest school at Ahley. Ahley. nearest school at Makings kids to learn likewise, 70 70 year year old old likewise, by allowing them at the Saverti who had come Saverti who had come poll station isན་གཞོན་མང་ཤོས་ one among འབད་བས་ཟེར་ to vote voteways at Toribari Toribari pollto at pollmany to make them ཅིག་གིས་ བཤདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ing station station walked back experience, see andback learn ing walked home with satisfied smile from the process. home with satisfied མི་སེར་བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་ ༦༥smile དེ་ kuenzang after casting Choden her vote. vote.who after casting her ཅིག་གིས་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་ had come voteshe with her She saidtothat that have She said she have three kids said that there ནང་ འབྲུག་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པ་དང་ casted her her vote vote to to the the casted is an age limitation as to party of of her her choice choice ༢ and party and འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ཀྱིས་ who be able to understand is hopeful that the party is hopeful that the party the significance of the day. འཐོབ་པ་ཅིན་ལེགས་ཤོམ་འོང་ནི་མས་ serves the country well. serves country well. Very the young ones of only ཟེར་བའི་ “I to amརེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ old but but stillofII age two three years “I am old still will notthinking understand voted thinking thatatII this voted that འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་གིས་ pointplay of time but kids older can play a part part in givgivcan a in རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ལེགས་ཤོམ་ཅིག་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ than seven years old ing my my grandchildren grandchildrenwill ing on the other hand underལུ་ མི་སེར་མ་ཤོས་ཅིག་ཧ་ལས་ཏེ་ a country country with with good good a stand if they are informed leader,” she she said. said. leader,” ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། about it. Besides it is is her her civicthe Besides civic Young people have ཨིན་རུང་ གྲོitcitizen ང་གསེབ་ཀྱི་ མི་སེར་ duty as a a citizen to take take capacity to understand duty as to ཚུ་ ཧེ་མ་ལས་ཡོད་པའི་ an active role. quickly and easily ཚོགས་པ་ thus it an active role. is important to root them While, hundreds hundreds ༢ While, ར་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་དོན་ལུ་ with the important of demof voters walked the the of voters walked གདམ་འཐུ་གྲུབ་མི་ལུ་ སེམས་དགའ་ ocratic election from the Pasakha-Phuentsholing Pasakha-Phuentsholing very start. སྟེ་འདུག་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། highway bracing bracing the the highway

རིམ་ཨང་ ༣ པའི་ཐོན་རིམ་ ༤༩ པ།

ཆུ་འབྲུག་ཟླཝ་ ༤ པའི་ཚེས་ ༡༦།

མགར་ས་རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ། | Jigme Thugten Yet again, in the following year he set the Thames on fire by triumphing over the same race. “There are two phases in our human lives. The first one would be that, the contenders’ moves heaven and earth bearing in their minds and feasting their eyes on jack pot. The secis kicking back on ༉ondམགར་ས་མཐོང་སྨོན་རྫོང་དེ་ མེ་ their own lives and appreམཆོད་བཞེས་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ciating the works that ཉམས་ they have done,” Said Kaiho. ཆགས་ཤོར་བའི་ཤུལ་ལུ་ ལོ་ངོ་ ༦ Kaiho first visited Bhuདེ་ ཅིག་གི་རྒྱབ་ལས་ tan a year ago ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ sometime in the month of Novemཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ber in a quest for a perfect place to jog. རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུའི་ལཱ་ཚུ་ཡང་ སྤྱི་ He did out and out reལོ་ ༢༠༡༠ ལས་ འགོ་བཙུགས་ search in Bhutan and realized that he was compliཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ ལཱ་འབད་བའི་ནམ་ mented with a favorable དུས་ལུ་ climaticབྱ་སྟབས་མ་བདེ་བའི་དཀའ་ condition and not to mention the Bhutanese ངལ་ལེ་ཤ་ ག་ཐོན་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ དུས་ | Pema ཅི Denkar enthusiasts | Pema Denkar --who egged May 31, Phuentsholing him 31, on Phuentsholing to organize a wonMay ཡུན་མངམ་འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། derful promising event. After spending a month long ownpours and ownpours and in Bhutan, he got a green exceedingly exceedingly light to move on with his sloppy and and sloppy plan. muddy ground didn’t the muddy ground didn’t So, Kaiho through stop hundred of senior stop hundred of offices of “Bhutan Friend༉ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༨ ལུ་senior རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ citizens to come come out outorgain ship Committee’’ citizens to in ནང་ རྒྱལ་རབས་ ཅན་གྱི་ དམང་གཙོའི་ nized a vote. marathon which force to vote. force to heThe replaces the was old deficliché The weather was defiweather གཞུང་གི་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་དང་པའི་ རྒྱལ་ with the newly coined nitely harsh harsh for for those thosebuzz nitely word as ‘Maranic’བཙག་འཐུ་ which ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུའི་ who had to to walk, walk, but but who in hishad view was the combithere was a a sea sea of of smiles འགོ་འདྲེན་འཐབ་ཚར་ཏེ་ ལོ་ལྔའི་ཤུལ་ there smiles nationwas of words ‘marathon for having braved the for having braved and picnic’. ལས་ ད་རུང་རང་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ the ༢ པའི་ bad weather. Theweather. uniqueness of the bad རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུ་གི་ འགོ་ Sheltered under thewere event was that there Sheltered under the no prizes which for the couldn’t winners umbrella which couldn’t umbrella ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་འདི་ཡང་ མཇུག་བསྡུ་ as thethe team wanted keep the hard rain them keep hard rain to realize as to how it feels ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། out, drenched Asma, out, drenched Asma, when they are running for a 73 73 year old old from from a year འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ one another. Gumaungni village Gumaungni village However asའབྲུག་ཕུན་ཚོགས་ a redeemཚོགས་པ་རྙིངམ་ under Phuentsholing under Phuentsholing ing feature to this unique Dungkhag had walked walked པ་དང་ མི་སེར་དམངས་གཙོའི་ཚོགས་ ‘maranic’, uniforms and Dungkhag had almost threewere hours to to refreshments given almost three hours to པ་ ༢ ཀྱི་ རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་ཡོདཔ་ད་ ཁོང་ the participants. reach her polling polling stastareach her Still, of the runners ༢ ཀྱིས་at སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་ནང་ tion at one Ahley gewog tion Ahley gewog received ngultrum five center. center. དོ་འགྲན་འབད་ནི་ཨིན་པས། thousand as a prize for Wet and and cold, cold, she she Wet participation and many མི་མང་ཤོས་ ག་གིས་ waited in ཅིqueue queue for ཚོགས་ waited in for

others tried their luck to claim it. According to Kaiho, ‘‘ The main objectives of the event were not only to inform how important it is to keep a good health but also to build strong relationship amongst the Japanese ,the Bhutanese and people from the rest of the world’’. དེ་ཡང་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༨ ལུ་ མེ་ Further he also wanted the Bhutanese to realize མཆོད་བཞེས་ཡོདཔ་ད་ དེའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ how privileged they are to བཀའ་བརྒྱད་ལྷ་ཁང་དང་ be born in Bhutan.བདག་སྐྱོང་ He informed on how the rest of ཡིག་ཚང་ དེ་ལས་ སྐུ་རྟེན་གསུང་རྟེན་ the world views Bhutan as ཚུ་ལུ་ གནོད་སྐྱོན་བྱུང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། one of the most beautiful countries to live in owing ད་རེས་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ཞུ་ཡོད་པའི་ to its beautiful environs and ཧེ་མའི་བཟོ་བཀོད་དང་ the form of governརྫོང་དེ་ དུམ་གྲ་ ment the country had རེ་མ་འདྲཝ་སྦེ་ཡོད་ཨིན་པས། transitioned into recently. Talking to the Journalཉམས་བཅོས་ལཱ་འབད་བའི་སྐབས་ ist he shared his personal ལུ་ ལས་མི་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ གནམ་ experience Bhutan and her turn toin vote for the the her turn to vote for how he has mastered himparty of her her choice. choice. party of གཤིས་གནས་སྟངས་ཀྱི་ དཀའ་ངལ་ self the school of hard “Ifrom am determined determined to “I am to knocks. vote, don’t don’t care care about about vote, According to him, “Togetting wettechnologically because to to getting wet because day, in this vote is a aworld, very important important vote is very driven everything affair in my my life,” life,”and shedigigot computerized affair in she said. talized so, we humans are said. པ་ ༢with ཆ་ར་གིས་ རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་མི་ལུ་ leftShe noThe other options She told The Journalist told Journalist than to resort ourselves རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཡོད་ལུགས་ཚུ་བཤདཔ་ཨིན་ that she she had had walked walked all allto that this changing electronic the way with the the ཅིoptioptithe way with རུང་ ལ་ལོ་གིས་འབད་བ་ ན་ རྒྱལ་ culture.” mism that that her her effort effort will will mism The entire phenomenon ཁ་ཐོབ་མིའི་གྲལ་ཁར་ ཚོགས་པ་ be counted in choosing be counted in choosing leads the people into unfor the ways, right party.obesity གསརཔ་ འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་ for the right party. guided where “I have been walking is “I found to been be one of them, have walking པ་དང་ སྤྱིར་དབབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢till ལས་ he added. Now the probsince my childhood childhood since my till lem of she obesity has become ཅིག་ཡོད་པ་ ཅིན་ said, ཟེར་བའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ now,” she said, adding now,” adding a public enemy number that she now now hopes hopes that that that she དེ་འབད་རུང་ one to bothམནོ་བསམ་བཏང་དོ་ people and the new new government government the it ginormously delimits བཟུམ་སྦེ་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བྱུང་མ་ཚུགས་ would bring in some some would bring in expenditure on a welfare development toinher her vildevelopment མི་ལུ་ state,བློ་ཕམ་བྱུང་ཡི་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས། especiallyto thevilwest lage and also solve her and in thealso Middle Eastern lage and solve her དེ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ འབྲུག་སྤྱིར་དབང་ woes of having having to to walk walk countries. woes of “So, is it worth for her entire entireའཐུས་མི་མངམ་ན་ life. to jog ཚོགས་པ་ནང་ for her life. whenever we“my get husa spare But sadly, sadly, But “my husགཞོན་ཚུ་ཡོད་དེ་འབད་རུང་ ཚོགས་ time?” he asked. band could could not not come come to to band རྒྱན་གྱི་because གྲུབ་འབྲས་བལྟཝ་ད་ vote because he is is sick sick ན་ vote he and could not not walk.” walk.” and could གཞོན་ཚུ་ཚོགས་རྒྱན་བཙུགས་མི་ཚུ་ She said. said. She གིས་ཡང་ ཚོགས་པ་ལུ་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་མ་ According to her her there there According to

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སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༣ ཟླཝ་ ༦ པའི་ཚེས་ ༡ །

མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་

མཆོག་གིས་ སྐྱིད་སྡུག་གི་གསོལ་རས། ༉ མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ མཆོག་གིས་ ལྷུན་རྩེ་རྫོང་ཁག་ སྨད་ འཚོ་དང་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ ཁྱིམ་གུང་ ༡༡༢ ལུ་ ཟ་ཆས་ཀྱི་རིགས་ཆུམ་དེ་ཚུ་ གསོལ་རས་སྦེ་ གནང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། | དེ་ཡང་ Dawa Norbu ད་རེས་ འཕྲལ་ཁམས་ ཅིག་ཁར་ ཆར་ཆུ་དང་ སེརཝ་རྐྱབ་ She sees ཁོང་གིས་ no harm in མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ལོ་ཐོག་ bring the kids to the polling field as it will allow them ཚུ་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ མི་ཚུ་ to observe and understand ལུ་ ཟ་འཐུང་གི་དཀའ་ངལ་ཚུ་ the process and learn སེལ་ the process passively. ཐབས་ལུ་ཨིན་པས། However, 58 year old Dophu said that it would be ཆར་ཆུ་དང་ སེརཝ་གིས་ སྨད་འཚོ་ difficult for children to unརྒེད་འོག་གི་ས་གནས་ derstand politics at ཨུང་སྒར་ a very young age. དང་Moreover དྲུག་ལ་ གོང་དར་དང་ སྟོང་སི་ the sight of kids lingering around is སྦི་ དེ་ལས་ གུ་ལི་སྤང་གི་ གཡུས་ distracting and makes it heavy rainfall with heavy rainfall ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ difficult forས་ཞིང་ཨེ་ཀར་ thewith elders ༨༥ to positive spirits which concentrate on which their decipositive spirits ལྷགཔ་ཅིག་གི་ throughout, གེ་ཛ་ཚུ་ གནོན་པ་ sion. remained throughout, remained Similarly, Pem Zam a there were few few who there were who རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་མ་ཚད་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་ teacher at Gedu said that wished for for some some transtranswished “it would be དེ་ལས་ difficult to གི་ ལ་དྲོང་དང་པམ་ ཡུམ་ཆེ་ portation arrangements. arrangements. portation make the kids understand Budi Maya, 82-year82-yearMaya, གི་Budi གཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་ཡང་ about the system གེ་ཛ་ཞིང་ of deold is one oneand of them, them, who old is of mocracy also who about ཨེ་ཀར་avote ༢༥at དེ་ཅིག་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ got lift from one of the the a a very young got lift from one of the voters to reach reach her her regregage”. voters to ཡོདཔ་ཨིན།

ཚང་གིས་ རྫོང་ཁག་ནང་ལས་ སྡེ་ཚན་ ཅིག་བཟོ་སྟེ་ གནོད་པ་འབྱུང་ཡོད་པའི་ ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ བལྟ་བསྐོར་འབད་ དེ་ འཕྲལ་གྱི་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་བཟུམ་ཅིག་ སྦེ་ སྨད་འཚོ་རྒེད་འོག་ནང་ མོནམ་ བྱཱ་གི་སོན་ཚུ་ཡང་ བཀྲམ་སྤེལ་འབད་ ཡོད་པའི་ཁར་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ མི་ day as གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ her mother is one of ཚུ་གིས་ ཐོ་ May 31: 31: the polling officer in Jigme May 82-year-old Losel Primary school pollའདི་ཚུ་ ལོག་བསྐྱར་གསོ་འབད་མི་ནང་ 82-year-old Budi ing station. Budi maya maya who who

རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཚུ་ འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་མས། Similarly Lhapthe Tshering, braved the heavy braved heavy a six year old said that downpour to cast downpour to cast ད་རུང་ གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ he has toher come with her ballot her ballot mother to the polling staགཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་ལུ་ tion since there was no one ས་ཞིང་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་གི་ཐོག་ལས་ ས་ at home to stay back with him. འདི་ཚུ་ ཕྱག་མི་བདའ་ནི་དང་ འདི་ He is happy to be out play around and feel the བཟུམ་གྱི ་དཀའ་ངལ་འདི་ མི་འཐོན་ excitement and also watch ant reason suchwho as ‘bad ‘bad ant reason such as ནི་གི་དོན་ལུ་ སྦྱོང་བརྡར་ཚུ་ཡང་ བྱིན་ the many people have weather’. gathered. weather’. ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། Tshering the Deesenior Wangmo, Among the senior Among a ད་རུང་ seven year old that citizens were alsosaid the citizens were also གྲོས་བསྟུན་གྱི ་the ཐོག་ལས་ she had seen in the teleyouths who who didn’t didn’t mind mind youths vision on་ how the people ཤུལ་མམ་གྱི ས་གནས་གཞུང་གི་ the rain rain to to feel feel the expeexpethe the press the button with pip rience of of being being counted rience counted འཆར་གཞི་ནང་ ཆུའི་གཡུར་བ་རྐྱབ་ sound. So she wanted to and heard. and heard. see personally as to how ནི་དེ་ གཙོ་རིམ་གཙོ་ཅིག་སྦེ་ བཞག་ Anjusubba, a 19 19 year the people press theyear butAnjusubba, a old who casted her first first ton. who old her ནི་ལུ་ གྲོསcasted ་ཐག་བཅད་འདུག་པའི་ “I am excited andimwaitballot said, “I feel feel imballot said, “I གནས་ཚུལ། ing to see my mother portant and and proud,” proud,”push portant

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སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༣ གྱི་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་ཡོདཔ།

It is polling not advisable istered polling station. to istered station. ད་རུང་ རྒྱལ་པོའི་གཟི མ་དཔོན་ཡིག་ come with a child and beFrom Malbasi Malbasi village village From sides there are many other in Pasakha, Pasakha, she she is is the the in better ways to make them only member member from from her her only learn about it. However family who had come to family who had come to bringing along a kid who vote for the the election. vote for election. has aged to be only two or “I am am happy and three is ahappy different case for “I and it will have no IIimplication satisfied that made it it satisfied that made on them at all. about because care about the the because II care The young peopleand shared future of Bhutan Bhutan future of and to the Journalist their exknow that my my vote vote will will know that citement of being at the count,” she she said. said. count,” poll station. Most of the voters voters Most the Jigme of Dema, a nine year in Phuentsholing the oldPhuentsholing felt the need to the accomin Journalist talkedto to,watch had pany her parents Journalist talked to, had the election the process knowconsidered the primary considered primary ing thatof future she round ofin election as will round election as have to do the same. She an important important occasion occasion an added that she can watch which could could not not be be igigwhich the proceedings the whole nored for for an an unimportunimportnored

the button,” shethat exclaimed and was glad glad she and was that she and besides she had tagged was of of age age to to be be a a part part was along with her mother also of such an antoimportant important of such expecting meet friends decision. decision. of her age who had come likewise, other along with their parents. likewise, other AlmostThe youths, Theeveryone Journalistthe youths, Journalist journalist talked to said said interviewed that they they talked to that agreed that is eager in some were happy happy it and were and eager way a good platform for to take part in in choosing to part choosing thetake young kids to learn inthe right right party party for for the the the dicating the importance to benefit of the country benefit of the country expose them to the process and thewill people. and the people. as they be the one to Ahley polling station station vote in future. Ahley polling However were in saw a very very some good voter voter saw a good the view but thatthe it would turnout but the pollingbe turnout polling untimelyat to make howthem station Toribari station at Toribari howunderstand. ever saw saw fewer fewer voters, voters, ever comparatively. comparatively.

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The saddest part is the the civil servants ative scraps, exercise long club, life According to him, Tshering Tobgay from • Sacred Places of ernment could continue to of Your Majesty. long life of Your Majesty. It will be all same as before unless they bring movie screening, swim- initiate such event even in objective for orgaTechnical Training Institute the team Changs Stallion main every Gewog supporting for DNT they still voted for DPT in Technical Training Institute changes and had development the goal coun- nizing such a tournament ming, Table tennis, guitar future,” shenew scored thein first suggested. the end according to the postal ballot. BhutaChumey • Gewog Maps Chumey lesson, dance coaching and try. They give support to the civil was to create awareness five only minutes of the The participants had fullafter nese don’t want change they want to stick to Bumthang Thimphu, Bhutan. C: B-boy coaching. Bumthang the society game. 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Photographs and I found the two leading parties more capable allow them to spend their trum seven hundred. of the tournament. “The the same time they also more ... summer vacation more – Guide, Pelri- Drop In wanted The money generated then the drug other users two.”to While her 69-year-old Buddha Gurung,Nazhoen 33, Tourist Gelephu your meaningfully,” said Rikku, from sales will be saved to proud tointerrupts stand in the the conversation Buy Centre (DIC) will be orga- feelhusband and said, Khamad constituency the organizer. nizing the DIC – Recov- crowd as a sober and clean organize the same event copy “I was expecting Druk Nyamrup Tshogpatoday! to He said that there were in the following year. ery Cup every year,” said human. “Clothes do not be one of the leading parties.” about 12 different proJigme Wangchuk, one make the men’’, he said, The program was manI don’t find any other party more capable grammes with more than aged and organized Then twocombating goes on debating over the result let’sthe start of the organizers of the “So, by the BHUTAN MEDIA SERVICES then DPT and people have chosen the against addiction and not three hundred children in- Department of Youth and theevent. both trying to convince each other over their BHUTAN MEDIA SERVICES volved. 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new government. esterday, it all || Ugyen Ugyen Wangmo An interesting obserWangmo came down to the vation made on poll day nation. More than the went was a young boy in queue half a sspopulation the the nation nation of went asking his mother “does polls on May countryto headed to the to polls on May this means I will get to to be counted, polls to31 make their voices 31 to be counted, watch my favorite proheard in this, the world’s there were few citizens there were few citizens grams again without BBS youngest democracy. who were left voiceless who were left voiceless hogging the Showtime?” The lines were long and to to accept accept whatever whatever “Yes Tashi, you can the process took hours leadership leadership other other chooses chooses watch your show. We will from the daily routines for them. for them. not turn on the BBS unless but there its was something Despite voter Despite its small small voterfuit is for the news,” said his about voting for the base, the nation still base,that the gave nation still saw sawa mother comfortingly. ture everyone a number of a significant significant number of People went to the pollfeeling like none other. people who remained people ing station P a t iwho e n c eremained silent on day silentneeded, on the the poll poll day for for 2013’ is bound k n o w i n g was ’Election various reasons. how ལུ་they various reasons. those ༉with མགར་ས་མཐོང་སྨོན་རྫོང་དེ་ མེ་ དེ་ཡང་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༨ མེ་ to go some II down in the were gom“Give a n n me ing “Give me some one one མཆོད་བཞེས་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ཉམས་ མཆོད་བཞེས་ཡོདཔ་ད་ingདེའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ can my on to vote the can trust trustpolls my future future on history as one of the and I will vote again,” for བདག་སྐྱོང་ whom in again,” and Ithose will vote ཆགས་ཤོར་བའི་ཤུལ་ལུ་ ལོ་ངོ་ ༦ བཀའ་བརྒྱད་ལྷ་ཁང་དང་ most interesting and and why. said Pema Tashi, 36, a line around said Pema Tashi, 36, a དེ་ ཅི ག་གི་རྒྱབ་ལས་ ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ ཡིག་ཚང་ དེ་ལས་ སྐུ་རྟེན་གསུང་རྟེན་ And finally them. But afcorporate employee. corporate employee. memorable election the nation terhe thesaid fateful that he said that he he had had votvotཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཚུ་ལུ་ གནོད་སྐྱོན་བྱུང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། came toBhutan will ever see day nation is ed ed in in 2008, 2008, but but over over the the gether as རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུའི་ལཱ་ཚུ་ཡང་ སྤྱི་ ད་རེས་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ཞུ་ཡོད་པའི་ finally free past past five five years years under under the the one and of the endfirst elected government first ༢༠༡༠ elected ལས་ government ལོ་ འགོ་བཙུགས་ རྫོང་དེ་ དུམ་གྲ་ votedཧེ་མའི་བཟོ་བཀོད་དང་ with hope. less allegations and counhe has learned about how he has learned about how They hoped that the ter allegation andand drama ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ ལཱ་འབད་བའི་ནམ་ རེ་མ་འདྲཝ་སྦེ་ཡོད་ཨིན་པས། politicians can politicianscampaign can lie lie andthat best one be the winner, packed mislead the དུས་ལུ་ བྱ་སྟབས་མ་བདེ་བའི་དཀའ་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ལཱ་འབད་བའི་སྐབས་ mislead the public. public.the naeven though the outcome had overwhelmed “I cannot waste “I cannot waste my my will likely make halfགནམ་ the tion for months. ངལ་ལེ་ཤ་ ཅིག་ཐོན་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ དུས་ ལུ་ ལས་མི་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ vote and somevote and time time for for some- is nation happy and rest de“’Election 2013’ one their ཡུན་མངམ་འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། གཤིས་གནས་སྟངས་ཀྱི་ དཀའ་ངལ་ pressed. one who who lies for their bound tolies go for down in the own They hoped that that own personal personal gain,” he history as one gain,” of the he most affirmed. every citizen made an efinteresting and memoaffirmed. It take ocfort to vote and make a rable Bhutan It will will election take him him an an ocdifference. They hoped currence at will ever of see,” said one Tshercurrence of at least least one that the nation was fully government which truly ing Wangdi, from South government which truly prepped to welcome the Thimphu constituency. represents the people to represents the people to ༉ Even སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༨ ལུ་back རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ པ་ ༢and ཆ་ར་གིས་ རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་མི་ལུ་ new with though it is just are II will be able to bring his are andgovernment will not not leave leave be able to bring back his grace support them. the second term, “this is the important trust and to the important decisions decisions ནང་ རྒྱལ་རབས་ ཅན་གྱི་ དམང་གཙོའི་ རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཡོད་ལུགས་ཚུ་བཤདཔ་ཨིན་ trust and confidence confidence to They hoped that they already the most polarizup vote up to to others.” others.” vote again. again. had made thetoright གཞུང་གི་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་དང་པའི་ རུང་According ལ་ལོ་གིས་འབད་བ་ ཅིན་choice རྒྱལ་ ing election yet, and ofརྒྱལ་ all to on According to him, him,the to deon the the other other hand, hand, when they pushed the future elections that vote is not just a right but choki Dorji, 53, a civil ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུའི་ བཙག་འཐུ་ vote ཁ་ཐོབ་མིའི་གྲལ་ཁར་ ཚོགས་པ་ is not button. just a right but choki Dorji, 53, civil terminant are to come,” heasaid. it is a democratic obligaservant said that there is it is a democratic obligaservant said that there is Peopleའབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་ hoped that the He however ལོ་ལྔའི་ཤུལ་ asserted འགོ་འདྲེན་འཐབ་ཚར་ཏེ་ གསརཔ་ tion, “to live going to an election tion, live in in a a country country goingfor to be be an people electionthe ruling“togovernment will that each where you have a in whether one likes it or ལས་ ད་རུང་རང་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ ༢ པའི་ པ་དང་ སྤྱིར་དབབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢ and ལས་ where you have a say say in whether it orthey keep their promises view of one the likes choices how you are governed.” not, and one of the canhow you are governed.” deliver the pledges that not, and one of the canface is through lenses རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུ་གི་ འགོ་ ཅིག་ཡོད་པ་ ཅིན་to ཟེར་བའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ Besides, to not didates going to Besides, to decide decide to and not had won their hearts didates is going to win win of their is own experience. to vote is to whether they them ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་འདི་ཡང་ མཇུག་བསྡུ་ དེ་འབད་རུང་ མནོ་བསམ་བཏང་དོ་ vote. to vote is a a betrayal betrayal to He observed the whether they like likethat them the nations ‘past, present or not. They hoped that dursecond the nations ‘past, present or not. term of politics ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། བཟུམ་སྦེ་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བྱུང་མ་ཚུགས་ and future generations’. ing their term the elected he said “right to vote turned out“right to be to personal and future generations’. he said vote And Bhutan will be government will not མི་ལུ་ བློ་ཕམ་བྱུང་ཡི་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས། is my democracy and and division And Bhutan will be give is འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ mycreated democracy and not them a reason to doubt able to achieve a governjust between political parpoliticians are my lifeline able to achieve a governpoliticians areའབྲུག་ཕུན་ཚོགས་ my lifeline དེ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ འབྲུག་སྤྱིར་དབང་ ཚོགས་པ་རྙིངམ་ their judgment and ment that represents all ties, but among friends, who will decide the future ment that represents deciall who will decide the future sions made.only between neighbors and the people if everyཚོགས་པ་ནང་ འཐུས་མི་མངམ་ན་ པ་དང་ མི་སེར་དམངས་གཙོའི་ཚོགས་ of my country,” so he the people only if everyof my country,” so he “Let’s to hope that the within families. one took the responsibility one were were to vote. vote. took theརྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་ཡོདཔ་ད་ responsibility to to པ་ ༢ ཀྱི་ ཁོང་ གཞོན་ཚུ་ཡོད་དེ་འབད་རུང་ result will bring us ཚོགས་ back Perhaps the one thing But, Kezang go But, Kezang choden, choden, go out out and and vote. vote. together asresident Bhutanese, they can all agree on is རྒྱན་གྱི ་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བལྟཝ་ད་ ན་ ༢ ཀྱིས་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་ནང་ 37 year old in likewise, Ngawang 37 year old likewise, Ngawang grateful toresident live inin this that the acampaign season phuentsholing is one of Yonten, 31 year old phuentsholing is one Yonten, a 31 year oldafter གཞོན་ཚུ་ཚོགས་རྒྱན་བཙུགས་མི་ཚུ་ དོ་འགྲན་འབད་ནི་ཨིན་པས། unique country,” saidofthe is finally over and those who were compelled graduate said, “I am not those who were compelled graduate said, “I am not electorate. a མི་མང་ཤོས་ long last Bhutan ཚོགས་ will ཅིག་གིས་ གིས་ཡང་ ཚོགས་པ་ལུ་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་མ་ to on fine the way things to stay stay home home on poll poll day. day. fine with with thingsof wake up the to way the calm


ཐོན་ལམི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ དུས་ཡུན་རིངམོ་ འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། | Jigme Thugten རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ལས་འགུལ་གྱི ་ དོན་ལས་ sམ་དངུལ་ས་ཡ་ ༡༥ བགོ་ the nation wentཡོད་སར་ལས་ to polls ད་ཚུན་ yesབཀྲམ་འབད་དེ་ terday, the milieu རྫོང་ཕྱི་ཁའི་ལཱ་དང་ of the countryནང་ན་གི་སྡེབ་རིས་ was identical to that of a city on a ཚུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་སྟེ་ཡོད་མི་དེ་གིས་ ཟད་ curfew leaving the public in lurch. ས་ཡ་ ༡༤ དེ་ཅིག་ འགྲོthe ་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ During the rest of days, བཏང་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། everything in Thimphu happens in New York རྫོང་དེ་ནང་ ནང་རྟེན་ གཞན་ཚུ་ minute but yesterday all བཞེངས་ནི་འདི་ the shops ཤུལ་མའི་ཟླཝ་དག་ were closed, streets were deserted exཔ་ཅིག་གི་ནང་འཁོད་བསྒྲུབ་ཚུགས་ pect for few cars commutཔའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་དེ་སྦེ་འདུག ing to get to the polling stations. མགར་ས་རྫོང་འདི་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༡༦༤༨ The pedestrians were found feasting their གདན་ eyes ལུ་ ཞབས་དྲུང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་གིས་ trying to get an emerས་བཅགས་གནང་པའི་ཤུལ་ ལུ་སྡེ་ gency service on a desired time butབླ་ཆེན་ཚུ་གིས་ only to be disapསྲིད་དང་ རིམ་པ་ pointed with what met བཞིན་དུ་ རྒྱ་བསྐྱེད་མཛད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་ their eyes. Bhutan should be celeཔའི་གནས་ཚུལ།


brating the day since such an occasion demands for festivity in itself, but it was otherwise, forlorn and ominous. The only pedestrians to

སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༣ གྱི་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་ཡོདཔ།

འབད་བས་ཟེར་ ན་གཞོན་མང་ཤོས་ “I “I am am registered registered to to vote vote in and in Mongar Mongar and II would would ཅིག་གིས་ བཤདཔ་ཨིན་པས། have have liked liked to to cast cast my my balམི་སེར་བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་ ༦༥ bal-དེ་ lot,” she said. however lot,” she said. however she able ཅིག་གིས་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་ she was was not not able to to ararrange the trip because rangeའབྲུག་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པ་དང་ the trip because of of ནང་ the the cost cost of of travelling. travelling. འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢ sad ཀྱིས་ is her entire family is sad | her Ushaentire Drukpa family and Karma that could not འཐོབ་པ་ཅིན་ལེགས་ཤོམ་འོང་ནི་མས་ that they they could not take take Dema and Pema Denkar part in deciding for their part in deciding for their ཟེར་བའི་ རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ own but are s the people own future, future, but they they are were waiting འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་གིས་ still hopeful that they still hopeful that theywith excitement near might able it might be be able to to make make it རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ལེགས་ཤོམ་ཅིག་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ the television toelection. know the for the general for the general election. ལུ་Similarly, མི་སེར་མ་ཤོས་ཅིག་ཧ་ལས་ཏེ་ result of the second parSimilarly, ugyen ugyen ZangZangliamentary election, some mo, ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། mo, 44, 44, who who had had regisregiswere surprised with will the tered for postal ballot tered for postal ballotམི་སེར་ will ཨིན་རུང་ གྲོ ང ་གསེབ་ཀྱི་ result as well. have to to remain remain voiceless voiceless have The Day of Judgment ཚུ་ ཧེ་མ་ལས་ཡོད་པའི་ ཚོགས་པ་ as her postal ballot has as her postal ballot has come to an endhas with been rejected. She said been rejected. result; She saidPeo༢ ར་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་དོན་ལུ་ unequivocal that constituency is that her her constituencyParty is ples Democratic གདམ་འཐུ་གྲུབ་མི་ལུ་ སེམས་དགའ་ about four days travel about four (PDP) wondays thetravel election from and it སྟེ་འདུག་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། by 32Thimphu against 15 seats by from Thimphu and it was was


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Similarly, Similarly, Phuntsho Phuntsho wangdi wangdi and and his his entire entire family could family could not not stop stop their their work work in in the the farm farm to to go and vote. he reasoned go and vote. he reasoned that that they they were were scheduled scheduled ཚང་གིས་ རྫོང་ཁག་ནང་ལས་ སྡེ་ཚན་ for the obligatory obligatory labour for the the disappointinglabour closed to their kinsmen kinsmen on the the ཅིག་བཟོ་སྟེ་ གནོད་པ་འབྱུང་ཡོད་པའི་ to their on doors,” said Sonam Dorji poll day, which is a lapoll day, which is a lasadly. ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ བལྟ་བསྐོར་འབད་ bour tradition bour exchange tradition He exchange could not get the practiced in his practiced in his village. village. medicine since none ཅིག་ of དེ་ འཕྲལ་གྱི ་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་བཟུམ་ A 65-year-old man the stores were A drug 65-year-old manopen. སྦེ་ སྨད་འཚོ་རྒེད་འོག་ནང་ མོནམ་ from Phuentsholing said “SO, my two cent’s opinfrom Phuentsholing said that he is not interested ion would be that , from that he is not བཀྲམ་སྤེ interested བྱཱ་གི་སོན་ཚུ་ཡང་ ལ་འབད་ in politics. “Politicians now on, during such kind in politics. “Politicians of important days and makes hundreds of prompromཡོད་པའི་ཁར་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ མི་ makes hundreds of especially in future elecises during during the the campaign campaign ises ཚུ་གིས་ all གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ ཐོ་ tions the shops should and and does does not not fulfil fulfil any any remain open as we may after are འདི་ཚུ་ they ལོག་བསྐྱར་གསོ་འབད་མི་ནང་ after they are elected,” elected,” he he not know what is going to said. said. happen to us’’, in he added. རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཚུ་ འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་མས། Further, once Further, once in power power “Did the Government all the politicians are allད་རུང་ the politicians are the theof གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ of Bhutan ever think same and same difficult and deny denyit knowing knowing how is to stay གཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ them if are them even even if they theyམི་སེར་ཚུ་ལུ་ are from from without having the very the same constituency. the same constituency. basic amenities at their ས་ཞིང་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་གི་ཐོག་ལས་ ས་ “he a and “he is istips, a lie lie when and my myneedfinger འདི་ཚུ་ ཕྱག་མི་བདའ་ནི་དང་ འདི་ vote is futile,” declared ed most? he Could the votethe is futile,” he declared as the reason for not castupcoming government as the ་reason for notམི་འཐོན་ castབཟུམ་གྱི དཀའ་ངལ་འདི་ ing his be to get rid of this ing able his ballot. ballot. Sonam choden, vague idea or is Thimit going ནི་གི་དོན་ལུ་ སྦྱོང་བརྡར་ཚུ་ཡང་ བྱིན་ Sonam choden, Thimto samein phu resident registered phuremain resident the registered inin ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། 2018’s election?” quesKhaling -Womrong con-Womrong conKhaling tioned a citistituency in Tashigang said stituency in Tashigang said ད་རུང་ གྲོdistraught ས་བསྟུན་གྱི་ཐོག་ལས་ zen. “Adidn’t desperate time that she vote bethat she didn’t vote becalls for ་ desperate meaཤུལ་མམ་གྱི ས་གནས་གཞུང་གི་ cause cause being being a a private private ememsures,” he said. ployee have ployee she she didn’t didn’t have the the འཆར་གཞི་ནང་ ཆུའི་གཡུར་བ་རྐྱབ་ privilege of postal privilege of postal ballot. ballot. ནི་དེ་And གཙོ་རིམ་གཙོ་ཅིག་སྦེ་ བཞག་ to And to go go to to the the pollpolling station means the ing station means the ནི་ལུ་ གྲོས་ཐག་བཅད་འདུག་པའི་ worry worry of of having having to to travel travel for གནས་ཚུལ། for three three days days to to get get there there and and another another three three days days to to come come back. back. In In addition addition the the exexpenses and the trouble “I thinkand they would bring penses the trouble of leave changes in thefor country.” of paper paper works works for leave from office, just not The nafrom people office, is isand just the not the the trouble she can to tion would trouble she definitely can afford affordlead to to brighter future, if the go go athrough. through. promises made by the PDP Sadly lhendup Sadly for for lhendup get fulfilled, he added furZangmo, 44, whose Zangmo, 44, whose pollpollther. He said, “If the new ing station was ing station was in in NamNamgovernment elected could seling, seling, Thimphu Thimphu could could look into the problems not make it owing to not make it owing to the the such as water supply and bad weather. She feels bad weather. She feels the repair of the roads in guilty not but guilty for forpeople not voting voting butbe Toebesa would yet, “As part of democyet, “As part of democvery grateful.” racy, we free racy, we should shouldtofeel feelKarma free According to not vote as well,” she to not vote as sheold Wangchuk, a well,” 56 year says. says. » continued on p 11

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༉ མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ be seen on the street were མཆོག་གིས་ ལྷུན་རྩེ་རྫོང་ཁག་ སྨད་ those few under-aged youth and some tourའཚོ་དང་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ ཁྱིམ་གུང་ ists who were seen going up hill and down the ༡༡༢the ལུ་ ཟ་ཆས་ཀྱི་རིགས་ཆུམ་དེ་ཚུ་ dale. གསོལ་རས་སྦེ་ གནང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། “Back there in Australia, during the voting དེ་ཡང་ ད་རེས་ འཕྲལ་ཁམས་ day everything remains quite same but here ཅིག་ཁར་theཆར་ཆུ་དང་ སེརཝ་རྐྱབ་ in Bhutan the voting day མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ཁོང་གིས་ ལོ་ཐོག་ appears to be very special that the people are hardly ཚུ་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ མི་ཚུ་ to be seen,” said James Cameeron, a volunteerསེལ་ in ལུ་ ཟ་འཐུང་གི་དཀའ་ངལ་ཚུ་ Bhutan. ཐབས་ལུ་ཨིན་པས། “We feel that this very matter should be taken ཆར་ཆུ་དང་ སེརཝ་གིས་ སྨད་འཚོ་ into an account by whoever wins the election རྒེད་འོག་གི་ས་གནས་ ཨུང་སྒར་ because now after being དང་ དྲུག་ལ་ intellect གོང་དར་དང་forསྟོང་སི་ an voting the past six years , we have སྦི་ དེ་ལས་ གུ་ལི་སྤང་གི་ གཡུས་ come down to the conclusion thatས་ཞིང་ཨེ་ཀར་ we are left༨༥ in ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ the lurch during the poll ལྷགཔ་ཅིsaid ག་གི་ Sonam, གེ་ཛ་ཚུ་ one གནོན་པ་ day,” of the hoteliers in the city. རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་མ་ཚད་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་ “My step mom got sick this morning but as Iཡུམ་ཆེ་ was གི་ ལ་དྲོང་དང་པམ་ དེ་ལས་ trying to get medicine for གི་ herགཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་ཡང་ I was met onlyགེ་ཛ་ཞིང་ with simply not possible to ཨེ་ཀར་ ༢༥ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ simply notདེ་ཅིག་ possible to go go and vote in the polling and vote in the polling ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། station. station. Despite her ད་རུང་ རྒྱལ་པོའི་གཟི མ་དཔོན་ཡིག་ Despite her strong strong desire desire to to vote, vote, she she is is concondemned to remain demned to remain silent silent because because of of the the gauntlet gauntlet of of obstacles to voting. obstacles to voting. Druk Phunsum Tshokpa “I could not go go to to vote vote could not in“I the parliament. because there was no noresult at because was at After there unofficial home look of the to thethe reachome toelection, look after after the cows,” said Ama, tions of theDaza voters were cows,” said Daza Ama, 47 year old farmer from evidence that the 47 year old farmermeasurfrom Pemagatshel. able pledges that Peoples Pemagatshel. Democratic (PDP) But definitely But she she will willParty definitely proposed had spurred fulfill her civic duty by fulfill her civic duty by the voters. making making it it for for the the general general Ap Dorji Wanchuck, 45 round round though. though. She She exexyears, a that farmer said that plained her children plained that her children he’s be neither happy nor will home from school will from school sad. be Hehome added since PDP to give her some flexibilito her some flexibilihasgive won the election and ty from the daily ty from the daily working working will be governing the naschedule. schedule. tion for the next five years,


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youth crimes happened with abundance of bars, Exemplary youth initiative: clubs, drayangs and snooker play rooms. Apart from these findings, limited parking space was also found to be a to mention sensitive issues | Karma Dema problem but however on snowballed to politicization. the positive part it was s the nation went “It was rather unbecomseen as the center for varito polls yesterday ing  of a future leader to be ous businesses. there were few who caught up in the shenani| Dawa Norbu & Dechen | Dawa Dolkar Norbu -&Thimphu Dechen Dolkar - Thimphu As a solution to the incould not push the button gans that we know of,” she management and draindentified problems they | Dechen Dolkar & Dawa Norbu because they were too con- said. So she ruled against age woes. agreed to plan strategies fused to decide owing to the the decision to vote and be In addition lack of recn the closing of sumand build relationship beprior dissonance between dragged down along with reational, spiritual and mer youth program on tween the police and pubthe parties. them. Iofam happy that I amthe happy former that party the won former theparty won the party that Any can party give me that can of governme 5 acres governyouth engagement fa-5 acres July 11, students who Any licgive by initiating the formaConsiderable number of Namgay, a student studycilities also seen a had worked to identify the ment tionASAP watch I gets will electorate feelvote. secure I will only feel if secure the country only country is landwere & transfer ment land it toas & my transfer name itofto“community my gets namevote. ASAP stayed silent on ingifisinthe India said that at first problem in Changzamtok concerns faced by various group.” ruled by anpoll experienced ruled party. experienced Theorformer party. former my vote, so mymy firstvote, option so my is DPT, first but option if other is DPT, but if other day by for an one reason he was The excited to find out community according to communities presented They also disclosed the another thusunachieved trusting unto that he would be government have government left have left work unachieved so work sohome on party give me good partyoffer” give me I am good ready offer” to listen. I am ready to listen. their findings. with their findings. organizations that helped others the power to decide time to vote in the general they need to come they back need to to continue come back with to what continue with what The community also Changidaphu, Changthe community and sugDeki Dema, 25,Deki private Dema, employee, 25, private employee, for their future. round of election as he had cannot access to the lozamtog, Changjiji, Honggested to utilize the unused they have started. they have started. radhi-sakten constituency radhi-sakten constituency “I could not decide as to missed his chance during cal government due to the kong Market and lower land as parking area. Yonten Fresh Phuntsho, Graduate, 30, Graduate, whoPhuntsho, wouldYonten be a30, better reprethe Fresh primary round. limited awareness on the Motithang were the comWhen it came to the lowsentative for the country, so Pemagatshel Khar Pemagatshel Yurong constituency Khar Yurong constituency But sadly on reaching availability of the services munities identified for the er Motithang group, unlike I wanted at least I wanted one new at least political one party new political to party to I didn’t vote,” said Kuenzng here he was disappointed to from the Thromdhe. students to study and unother communities MoSad!parties A new government Sad! A60 new should government come should in. have in. adoptWangdi, year oldhave private thecome approach it is the same old it istwo thepolitical same oldparties two found political Based onwin thebut findings derstand the concerns and win but tithang was to have On the beautiful occasion of the Birthwitness Anniversary of On this marvelous moment of the employee. Bhutanese people Bhutanese don’t trust people female don’t leader trust female leader ed by the party candidates. of Bhutan If people do not ofallBhutan give do not give theyIf people also again. managed to problems of those commu- again. theopporfacilities thatopporthe It wasThe that Her Gyaltsuen, Jetsun Pema From common and going by the Majesty Nc going result byexplained and the Nc primary result result. and primary If Wangchuck, If come the solution nities. community need. Birth Anniversary ofwith Your Majesty, tunity forup new tunity political forparties new political to govern parties ourwould to govern our even though he had always debates he learnt that both with the help of Druk NorThe presentation of their For example Motithang DNT a prominent DNT hadfigure a prominent or staff a male leader or aofmale leader the management, andfigure trainees country it would country be a dynasty it the a dynasty old same for the old had same fulfilled his civic responsibil- the parties made too many the management and staff ofwouldforbe zin Hygiene Association. findings mainly highlighthad all the basic then facilities they might then have they had might a chance. have There had a are chance. There are beyond ity of voting everInstitute since the Technical Training Chumey extendthat our pledges were political party. political party. Druk Norzin ed on the problems of the station, Bhutan Happy Land Tours andHygiene Travels starting from a gaschances inception ofthat democracy inthe that even chances in the next even election in the next two election the two possible to fulfill. Association an chuki associacommunities in Thimphu, heartfelt felicitations and prayers for Your Majesty’s long banking services, fire brichuki 29,isSouth-Thimphu 29, South-Thimphu constituency constituency Bhutan, however he could Moreover both the parties old parties will old stillparties win. will still win. extend methodtheir fondest for the tionwishes that notand onlyprayers promotes through various gade and a good park. life, goodtime health and happiness. not vote this around went into servants attacking each hygiene, cleans buildings ologies such as interview, Still, like in other The comsaddest part Theissaddest despite part the civil is despite servants the civil because of the excessive other on their faults not long life of Your Majesty. It will be all same It will as be before all same unless as they before bring unless they bring and drains in the commusurvey, photographing munities Motithang was supporting for supporting DNT that they still for voted DNT they for DPT still in voted for DPT in drama had occurred Technical Training Institute sparing even the indoBhubut also em-and in and audio recording. newnity changes and newcreates development changes development the in concerns the counalso notcounfree from over the past few days. the end according the end to the according postal ballot. to the Bhutapostal ballot. Bhutatan relations as an issue of Chumey opportunities. Through such exem-try. ployment of increasing number of They give try. full They support giveonly full to support the civil only to the civil Immoral conduct discussion thetodomestic nese don’t nese change don’tthey want want change toofstick they towant toin stick In the process the group plary initiative, students bars. It was identified as want Thimphu, Bhutan. C: 17724616 servants despite servants them having despitethe them privileges havingof the privileges of campaign Bumthang by the politi- politics. also helped two people to even assisted to put in the reason for increase in thing their their old that they old thing are used thatto. they are used to. Politicizing such exterandallowance other remuneration. But But we, cians made me realize that get employed with remuneration. theand as- other place solutions to addressallowance crime ratewe, especially burTashi Wangmo, Tashi civil Wangmo, Servant, civil Servant, Thimphu. politics in Bhutan is no Thimphu. difnal affairs according to him sociation. the problems identified byprivate employee private are ignored employee and are left ignored behind. and left behind. glary and littering of the ferent from rest of be theleading might the students I was sure that I PDP was sure andthe DPT that will PDP and DPT willaffect be leading the Changjiji talking with the concernedI wantSimilarly, places. the government I want thewho government can support whothe can support the world which is generally India. presenters brought to noauthorities. The solution they prothe election.I watch the election.I television watch everytelevision time studying andeveryintime and private employee. private employee. consumed by self intent. Be“They are fighting to get tice that Changjiji should Presenters designated to posed was to Ifacilitate found the two I found leading the parties two leading more capable parties more capable sides the campaign period the names and fames withbe converted into a comexplore Changidaphu said Dustbin and make it availwasthen mostly characterized by then the other two.” theWhile other her two.” 69-year-old While out her even69-year-old giving so much as Buddha Gurung, Buddha 33, Tourist Gurung, Guide, 33, Gelephu Tourist Guide, Gelephu munity which is from that the people in the comable after every certain allegation counter the allea second and thought husband interrupts husband theand conversation interrupts and conversation said, said, to what alcoholics. In addition munity were cooperative; reasonable distance. Khamad constituency Khamad constituency gations. impact it will have like other community the the roads that directed Dasho Thrompon “I was of expecting “I was Drukexpecting NyamrupDruk Tshogpa Nyamrup to Tshogpa to on us,” He added that party can- and as a result, “I have lost Changjiji community also towards the community Thimphu thromdhe be oneexof thedidates leading be one ofnot thefocus leading parties.” didparties.” on givthe interest to vote,” he said facesfind the any water shortage were satisfying and it hadI don’t tended his appreciation to I don’t other find party anymore othercapable party more capable ing theon people with truthful Then the two goes Then the debating two goes over on the debating result over the result dejectedly. and lackDPT of facilienough private educationthenproblem all thethe youthchosen for meanDPT and then the people and have thethe chosen people have the a feasible pledges On theover othertheir hand there trying and to both convince trying each to convince other but over each their other ties for youths who are out facilities. ing fully engagingboth in such they lied and made prom- were few electorates who school. right party. But it however lackedrightofparty. contribution to the society view. view. ises which were not possible were compelled to forego It Tshering was found out that lhamo, city bus services, minimal during their summer valhamo, Tshering corporate employee corporate employee AumtoWangmo, 65-year-old Wangmo, resident 65-year-old of right resident of fulfill. Aum “So whom do I their and responsibileven though the commuaccess to local government cation and setting a good in Phuentsholing, in Phuentsholing, chhoeKhorchhoeKhorchoose?” he asked. Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing. ity because of some other nity has non-government services and above all inexample to inspire many Nima Wangchuk, 44, a reasons. TANG constituency. TANG constituency. organizations like people’s securities in the commuyouth that would Ifollow. was pretty businessman sure I was thatpretty the said DPT surewill thatbehe the leading DPT will beZangmo, leading a house that Thinley project and youth office nity were seen as few of He also shared his conhad voted in 2008 but this the election from the the election start.from I don’t themean start.wife the I don’t mean thesaid that in Thimphu butexpecting the lack of collaborathe constrains in the com-I was cern the I was PDP expecting to lead the PDP election tothat lead but the increase election in but time after watching the to vote beother parties are other notparties worth but are DPT not worth and she PDP butcould DPT not andgo PDP tion with each other was munity. the number of bars in however I am happy however with I am thehappy result.” with the result.” common forums and de- cause she has kids who are identified as a problem. It was informed that Thimphu has given to better. arerise much are much better. away “Although from home, away I keep from myself home, upI keep myself up- bates of both the parties very young and felt it would The solution they came they had already put up“Although many youth related probTashi lhamo, lAMGoNGTashi lhamo, lAMGoNGdated happening everything in my happening coun- theinbar myowncoun- he was confused as to who be inappropriate and inconupwith witheverything was to with organize the problems to the author-dated lems. Further WANGchANG constituency in Paro should be theWANGchANG constituency right party. in Paro venient to taken to the pollstakeholders create opities. In response to theirtry through ers does not to sources. follow social trytothrough media and social other media sources. andseem other He said that it is quit sad ing station. portunities and provide proposal, the Bhutan post the rules on the ‘bar timing’ I am really overwhelmed I am really with overwhelmed the result with and the result and And I was eagerly Andwaiting I was eagerly for thewaiting result tofor bethe result to be that the parties have done And similarly, Kinley platform for the youths. has agreed to provide city and the ‘age limit’.satisfied He said indeed. satisfied Thebut result indeed. because The result ofTshering, the is because of thestudying nothing onlyisconfound theupdated social media. on the social a student They onsuggested taking bus service if the people ofupdated thatmedia. it is a serious concern the people and give a wrong people who have people voted who and have the voted people and have the people have in India is a registered voter In commemoration of The Birth Anniversary of community forward Changgidaphu come with Phuba which needs lookedin Dorji, aradio Phuba Bhutanese Dorji,citizen a Bhutanese working citizen in to be working impression to the people. “I there in Pema gatshel. decided for the decided right party. for the even right though party. even though there in collaboration with the proposal. into and assured that they Her Majesty Gyaltsuen JetsunHePema, know about the rest united States from united States from don’t said that had wantREAD Centre and Kazoo Similarly, Bhutan Olymwill works towards hadbetter been two had new been political two parties new political not one parties not he one but as farand as I am concerned the management staff of Bhutan Polythene Co. Ltd., ed to vote and help decide KABISA-TAloG constituency. KABISA-TAloG constituency. FM and resolve the alcohol pic Committee also assured integration of rules with could of of them make themit could to the make general it to round the the general round I am voting for neither parfor right party to problem in the changjiji to provide them with sport the owners whichPhuentsholing he said extend our fondest wishesthe for new Yourparties Majesty’s rule ty,” said. ofwon election. will ofheelection. discourage It will thediscourage new parties the government. But unforvery happy I am to very knowhappy that DPT to know won that the the It community. facilities provided there isI am would ease theDPT problem. long life with continued peace and prosperity within the “I have lost faith inthe detunately he had to leave his from coming up from in the coming future. up in future. election. primary And election. me both And the for leading me21 both the leading Interestingly, thefor youth availability of free space. primary All the students who mocracy so ‘No Vote’ from home early before the poll Kingdom of Bhutan. allocated to study the Hong The main findings re-parties had contributed to the betare veryparties good. are very good. me,” saidPhurba Tashi Wangmo, Phurba Tenzin 24, corporate Tenzin employee, 24, corporate day as heemployee, was scheduled to Kong market community corded by the students terment of the community 36 year oldwamrong from Thimphu. leave constitiuency for his school the folconstitiuency wamrong Tsheringmo, Tsheringmo, lhuentse had an entirely different designated for Changzamwerelhuentse offered a certificate The election season accord- lowing day. finding. tok pointed out the Water of appreciation, in conclu- Bhutan Polythene Company LimitedAgay Lhabchu, ing to her has created a conLikewise It was understood to Shortage as one major sion to the righteous role AN ISO - 9001 : 2008of CERTIFIED siderable amount parti-COMPANY a senior citizen registered to be the place where most problem besides the waste by the youths. san among the people not » continued on p 10

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On the joyous and auspicious occasion of the 23rd Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, the Rabdey, Civil Servants, Business Community and the People re- dedicated our commitment to serve our country with utmost loyalty and sincerity. Haa Dzongkhag would like to offer our tribute and profound prayers for Her Majesty’s good health and long life. Tashi Delek

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དཱ་ཇོར་ན་ལིསཊི དཱ་ཇོར་ན་ལིསཊི ། ། Staying voiceless

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རིམ་ཨང་ ༣ པའི་ཐོན་རིམ་ རིམ་ཨང་ པ། ཐོན་རིམ་༣༤༩༤པའི་ཐོན་རིམ་ པའི་ ༣ པ༤༩ པ།

on Election Day མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ སྤྱི་ཟླ་ པའི་་ཚེས་ ༡༤ ༡ ། རང་ཟླ་ ༦སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༡༦ ཆུ་འབྲུག་ཟླཝ་ ༤ཆུ་འབྲུག་ཟླཝ་ པའི་ཚེས་༦ པའི་ཚེས་ ༡༦།༤ པའི་ཚེས་ ༢༠༡༣ ། ཟླཝ་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༦༢༠༡༣ པའི་ཚེས་ཟླཝ་ ༡ ༦།༧པའི

མགར་ས་རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ། མགར་ས་རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ།ཆར་ཆུ་མེད་པའི་དཀའ་ངལ། དཔལ་ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་མདོར་ཙམ་ཞུ་བ། | Ugyen Wangmo

Similarly, Phuntsho wangdi and his entire family could not stop s the nation went their work in the farm to to polls on May ཐོན་ལམི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ཐོན་ལམི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ དུས་ཡུན་རིངམོ་ དུས་ཡུན་རིངམོ་ go and vote. he reasoned 31 to be counted, འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། that they were scheduled there were few citizens ༉ མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ ༉ མི་དབང་ མངའ་བདག་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ ཚང་གིས་ རྫོང་ཁག་ནང་ལས་ ཚང་གིས་སྡེ་ཚན་ རྫོང་ཁག་ནང་ལས་ སྡེ་ཚན་ for the obligatory labour who were left voiceless རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ལས་འགུལ་གྱི རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ལས་འགུལ་གྱི ་ ་ མཆོག་གིས་ ལྷུན་རྩེ་རྫོང་ཁག་ མཆོག་གིས་སྨད་ལྷུན་རྩེ་རྫོང་ཁག་ ཅིག་བཟོ་སྟེ་ སྨད་གནོད་པ་འབྱུང་ཡོད་པའི་ ཅིག་བཟོ་སྟེ་ གནོད་པ་འབྱུང་ཡོད་པའི་ to their kinsmen on the to accept whatever དོན་ལས་ མ་དངུལ་ས་ཡ་ དོན་ལས་ ༡༥ མ་དངུལ་ས་ཡ་ བགོ་ ༡༥ བགོ་ poll day, which is a laleadership other chooses འཚོ་དང་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ འཚོ་དང་ཁྱིམ་གུང་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ ཁྱིམ་གུང་ བལྟ་བསྐོར་འབད་ ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ བལྟ་བསྐོར་འབད་ bour exchange tradition for them. བཀྲམ་འབད་དེ་ ཡོད་སར་ལས་ བཀྲམ་འབད་དེ་ ད་ཚུན་ཡོད་སར་ལས་ ད་ཚུན་ practiced his village.ཅིག་ Despite its small voter ༡༡༢ ལུ་ ཟ་ཆས་ཀྱི་རིགས་ཆུམ་དེ་ཚུ་ ༡༡༢ ལུ་ ཟ་ཆས་ཀྱི་རིགས་ཆུམ་དེ་ཚུ་ དེ་ འཕྲལ་གྱི་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་བཟུམ་ དེ་ འཕྲལ་གྱི ཅིག་in་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་བཟུམ་ རྫོང་ཕྱི་ཁའི་ལཱ་དང་ ནང་ན་གི་སྡེབ་རིས་ རྫོང་ཕྱི་ཁའི་ལཱ་དང་ ནང་ན་གི་སྡེབ་རིས་ A 65-year-old man base, the nation still saw གསོལ་རས་སྦེ་ གནང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། སྦེ་ སྨད་འཚོ་རྒེད་འོག་ནང་ སྦེ་ སྨད་འཚོ་རྒེད་འོག་ནང་ མོནམ་ མོནམ་ from Phuentsholing said a significant number of ཚུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་སྟེ་ཡོད་མི་དེ་གིས་ ཚུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་སྟེ་ཡོད་མི་དེ་གིས་ ཟད་ གསོལ་རས་སྦེ་ ཟད་གནང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། that he is not བཀྲམ་སྤེ interested people who remained འཕྲལ་ཁམས་ དེ་ཡང་ ད་རེས་ བྱཱ་གི་སོན་ཚུ་ཡང་ འཕྲལ་ཁམས་ བཀྲམ་སྤེ བྱཱ་གི་སོན་ཚུ་ཡང་ ལ་འབད་ ལ་འབད་ འགྲོ་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ ས་ཡ་ འགྲོ༡༤ ་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ དེ་ཅིག་ ས་ཡ་ ༡༤ དེ་ཅིད་རེས་ ག་ འཐོན་ཁུངས་ལུ་ ཐོ་སྦོམ་སྦེ་རང་ ཕོག་ ༉ དེ་ཡང་ སྤ་རོ་རྫོང་ཁག་ རྡོ་སྒར་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ in politics. “Politicians silent on the poll day for ཅིག་ཁར་ ཅིག་ཁར་ སེརཝ་རྐྱབ་ ཆར་ཆུ་དང་མ་ ཡོད་པའི་ཁར་ སེརཝ་རྐྱབ་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ ཡོད་པའི་ཁར་ མི་ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ མི་ makes hundreds of promreasons. བཏང་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ༉ མགར་ས་མཐོང་སྨོན་རྫོང་དེ་ ༉various མགར་ས་མཐོང་སྨོན་རྫོང་དེ་ མེ་ དེ་ཡང་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ མེ་ ༢༠༠༨ དེ་ཡང་ལུ་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ མེ་ ༢༠༠༨ ལུ་ མེ་ བཏང་ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ནི་མས་ཟེར་ ཚ་གྱང་ལང་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་ ཆར་ཆུ་དང་ ཆརཔ་དུས་ཚོད་ཁར་ ises during the campaign “Give me some one I མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ལོ་ཐོག་ ཁོང་གིས་ ཚུ་གིས་པས། ལོ་ཐོག་ གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ ཚུ་གིས་ གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ ཐོ་ ཐོ་ རྫོང་དེ་ནང་ ནང་རྟེན་རྫོང་དེ་ནང་ གཞན་ཚུ་ནང་རྟེན་ གཞན་ཚུ་ ཁོང་གིས་ མཆོད་བཞེས་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ མཆོད་བཞེས་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ཉམས་ མཆོད་བཞེས་ཡོདཔ་ད་ ཉམས་ མཆོད་བཞེས་ཡོདཔ་ད་ དེའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ དེའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ རྐྱབ་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ སེམས་ཁར་ཚ་གྱང་ and does not fulfil any can trust my future on ཚུ་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ ཚུ་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ མི་ཚུ་ འདི་ཚུ་ ལོག་བསྐྱར་གསོ་འབད་མི་ནང་ མི་ཚུ་ after འདི་ཚུ་ they ལོག་བསྐྱར་གསོ་འབད་མི་ནང་ are elected,” he and ལོ་ངོ་ I will ༦ vote བཀའ་བརྒྱད་ལྷ་ཁང་དང་ again,” བཞེངས་ནི་འདི་ ཤུལ་མའི་ཟླཝ་དག་ ཆགས་ཤོར་བའི་ཤུལ་ལུ་ ཆགས་ཤོར་བའི་ཤུལ་ལུ་ ལོ་ངོ་ ༦ བཀའ་བརྒྱད་ལྷ་ཁང་དང་ བདག་སྐྱོང་ བཞེངས་ནི་འདི་ བདག་སྐྱོང་ ཤུལ་མའི་ཟླཝ་དག་ སྦོམ་ལངས་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། རྒེད་འོག་དེ་ཁར་ལས་ ཨཔ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གིས་ said. said Pema Tashi, 36, a འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་མས། རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཚུ་ འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་མས། ལུ་ ཟ་འཐུང་གི་དཀའ་ངལ་ཚུ་ ལུ་ ཟ་འཐུང་གི་དཀའ་ངལ་ཚུ་ སེལ་ རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཚུ་སེལ་ པ་ཅིག་གི་ནང་འཁོད་བསྒྲུབ་ཚུགས་ པ་ཅིག་གི་ནང་འཁོད་བསྒྲུབ་ཚུགས་ དེ་ཅིག་གི་རྒྱབ་ལས་ དེ་ ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ ཅིག་གི་རྒྱབ་ལས་ ཡིག་ཚང་ ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུ་ དེ་ལས་ སྐུ་རྟེན་གསུང་རྟེན་ ཡིག་ཚང་ དེ་ལས་ སྐུ་རྟེན་གསུང་རྟེན་ once in དུས་ power corporate employee. ད་རེས་ནངས་པ་ དེ་ཡང་ ད་རེས་ནངས་པ་ རྒེད་འོག་དེ་ སླབ་མི་ནང་ Further, allད་རུང་ the politicians are the པའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་དེ་སྦེ་འདུག པའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་དེ་སྦེ་འདུག he said that ཚུ་ལུ་ he had votགནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ ཐབས་ལུ་ཨིན་པས། ཐབས་ལུ་ཨིན་པས། ད་རུང་ གནོད་པ་བརྐྱབ་ཡོད་པའི་ ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཚར་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། གནོད་སྐྱོན་བྱུང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཚུ་ལུ་ གནོད་སྐྱོན་བྱུང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ནང་ ཨེ་མ་གི་ ས་ཁར་བཙུགས་ནིའི་ ཚོད་འ་ནེམ་ཅིག་ཁར་ same andཆརཔ་རྐྱབ་པའི་ deny knowing ed in 2008, but over the མགར་ས་རྫོང་འདི་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ མགར་ས་རྫོང་འདི་ ༡༦༤༨ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༡༦༤༨སེརཝ་གིས་ རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུའི་ལཱ་ཚུ་ཡང་ རྫོང་ཉམས་གསོ་ཞུའི་ལཱ་ཚུ་ཡང་ སྤྱི་ ད་རེས་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ཞུ་ཡོད་པའི་ སྤྱི་ ད་རེས་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ཞུ་ཡོད་པའི་ ཆར་ཆུ་དང་ ཆར་ཆུ་དང་ སྨད་འཚོ་སེརཝ་གིས་ གཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ སྨད་འཚོ་ གཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་ལུ་ them even if theyམི་སེར་ཚུ་ལུ་ are from past five years under the དུས་ཚོད་ཨིནམ་རུང་ ཆརཔ་མེད་མི་ལུ་ དུས་ཚོད་ཨིན་རུང་ ཁོང་གི་གཡུས་ཁར་ གདན་ རྒེད་འོག་གི་ས་གནས་ གདན་ རྒེད་འོག་གི་ས་གནས་ the same constituency. first elected ལས་ government ལོ་ ༢༠༡༠ ལས་ལོ་ འགོ་བཙུགས་ ༢༠༡༠ རྫོང་དེ་ འགོ་བཙུགས་ ཧེ་མའི་བཟོ་བཀོད་དང་ རྫོང་དེ་ ཧེ་མའི་བཟོ་བཀོད་དང་ དུམ་གྲ་ ལུ་ ཞབས་དྲུང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་གིས་ དུམ་གྲ་ ལུ་ ཞབས་དྲུང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་གིས་ ཨུང་སྒར་ ས་ཞིང་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་གི་ཐོག་ལས་ ས་ཞིང་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་གི་ཐོག་ལས་ ས་ ས་ ཆརཔ་མ་རྐྱབ་མི་དེ་ གནད་དོན་ག་ཅི་ བརྟེན་ ཨེ་མ་བཙུགས་ནིའི་ དུས་ཚོད་ ཨུང་སྒར་ “he is a lie and my he has learned about how ས་བཅགས་གནང་པའི་ཤུལ་ ས་བཅགས་གནང་པའི་ཤུལ་ ལུ་སྡེ་ ལུ་སྡེ་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ ལཱ་འབད་བའི་ནམ་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ ལཱ་འབད་བའི་ནམ་ རེ་མ་འདྲཝ་སྦེ་ཡོད་ཨིན་པས། རེ་མ་འདྲཝ་སྦེ་ཡོད་ཨིན་པས། དང་ དྲུག་ལ་རྐྱབ་དགོཔ་ཐོན་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ གོང་དར་དང་ དང་ དྲུག་ལ་ སྟོང་སི་གོང་དར་དང་ འདི་ཚུ་ ཨིན་ན་ སྟོང་སི་ ཕྱག་མི་བདའ་ནི་དང་ འདི་ཚུ་ ཕྱག་མི་བདའ་ནི་དང་ འདི་ he འདི་ vote is futile,” declared politicians can lie and ལེགས་ཤོམ་ཅིག་ ཧ་གོ་མ་ ཕར་ཕུད་ སྲིད་དང་ བླ་ཆེན་ཚུ་གིས་ སྲིད་དང་ རིམ་པ་ བླ་ཆེན་ཚུ་གིས་ རིམ་པ་གུ་ལི་སྤང་གི་ as theམི་འཐོན་ for notམི་འཐོན་ castདུས་ལུ་ བྱ་སྟབས་མ་བདེ་བའི་དཀའ་ དུས་ལུ་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ལཱ་འབད་བའི་སྐབས་ ཉམས་བཅོས་ལཱ་འབད་བའི་སྐབས་ misleadབྱ་སྟབས་མ་བདེ་བའི་དཀའ་ the public. སྦི་ དེ་ལས་ སྦི་ དེ་ལས་ གཡུས་གུ་ལི་སྤང་གི་ བཟུམ་གྱིཚུགས་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས། གཡུས་ ་དཀའ་ངལ་འདི་ བཟུམ་གྱི ་reason དཀའ་ངལ་འདི་ དུས་ཅི་ རྒེད་འོག་དེ་ནང་ ཨེ་མའི་འཐོན་ ing his ballot. “I cannot waste my རྒྱ་བསྐྱེད་མཛད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་ བཞིན་དུ་ རྒྱ་བསྐྱེད་མཛད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་ ངལ་ལེ་ཤ་ཅིག་ཐོན་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ ངལ་ལེ་ཤ་ཅིག་ཐོན་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཏེ་ དུས་ ལུ་ ལས་མི་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ དུས་ ལུ་ ལས་མི་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ གནམ་ བཞིན་དུ་ གནམ་ ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་ ས་ཞིང་ཨེ་ཀར་ ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་གི་༨༥ས་ཞིང་ཨེ་ཀར་ ནི་གི་དོན་ལུ་༨༥ སྦྱོང་བརྡར་ཚུ་ཡང་ ནི་གི་དོན་ལུ་ སྦྱོང་བརྡར་ཚུ་ཡང་ Sonamབྱིན་ choden, Thim-བྱིན་ vote and time for someཤུགས་མལང་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཨིན་རུང་ ད་རེས་ནངས་པ་ རྒྱལ་ པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། ཡུན་མངམ་འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཡུན་མངམ་འགོར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། གཤིས་གནས་སྟངས་ཀྱི་ གཤིས་གནས་སྟངས་ཀྱི་ དཀའ་ངལ་ དཀའ་ངལ་ phu resident registered in one who lies for their ལྷགཔ་ཅིག་གི་ གེ་ཛ་ཚུ་ ལྷགཔ་ཅིགནོན་པ་ ག་གི་ གེ་ཛ་ཚུ་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། གནོན་པ་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། Khaling -Womrong conown personal gain,” he ས་གནས་མང་ཤོས་ཅིག་ མ་གཞི་ རྒེད་འོག་དེ་ཁར་ བྱཱ་འཚོ་ནིའི་ ཁབ་ཀྱི་ stituency in Tashigang said རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་མ་ཚད་ རྐྱབ་ཡོདཔ་མ་ཚད་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་ ཇ་རེ་རྒེད་འོག་ ད་རུང་ གྲོས་བསྟུན་གྱི ད་རུང་ ་ཐོག་ལས་ གྲོས་བསྟུན་གྱི་ཐོག་ལས་ affirmed. རྐྱབ་ཏེ་ ས་ ཡོད་འབབ་ཡོད་རུང་ ཞིང་ཆུའི་དཀའ་ ནང་ ཆརཔ་ཤུགས་སྦེ་ that she didn’t vote beIt will take him an ocགི་ ལ་དྲོང་དང་པམ་ དེ་ལས་ གི་ ལ་དྲོང་དང་པམ་ ཡུམ་ཆེ་ ཤུལ་མམ་གྱི དེ་ལས་ ཡུམ་ཆེ་ ་ ས་གནས་གཞུང་གི་ ཤུལ་མམ་གྱི ་ ས་གནས་གཞུང་གི་ cause being a private currence of at least one ཁག་emངལ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་ འཚོ་བ་ རུད་དང་ཆུ་རུག་ཀྱི་གཞུང་ལམ་ ployee she didn’t have the government which truly གི་ གཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་ཡང་ གི་ གཡུས་ཚན་ཚུ་ནང་ཡང་ གེ་ཛ་ཞིང་ འཆར་གཞི་ནང་ གེ་ཛ་ཞིང་ ཆུའི་གཡུར་བ་རྐྱབ་ འཆར་གཞི་ནང་ ཆུའི་གཡུར་བ་རྐྱབ་ མེདཔ་བཏང་ཡོདཔ་ གཙོ་བོ་ཨེ་མ་དང་ གཞན་ཚོད་བསྲེ་ཀྱི་ མང་རབས་ཅིག་ privilege of postal ballot. the people to ༉ སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༨ represents ༉ལུ་ སྤྱི་ལོ་ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ ༢༠༠༨ པ་ལུ་༢ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ ཆ་ར་གིས་ རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་མི་ལུ་ པ་ ༢and ཆ་ར་གིས་ རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་མི་ལུ་ འབད་བས་ཟེར་ ན་གཞོན་མང་ཤོས་ འབད་བས་ཟེར་ ན་གཞོན་མང་ཤོས་ ཨེ་ཀར་ ༢༥ དེ་ཅིག་ ཨེ་ཀར་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ ༢༥ དེ་ཅིག་ ནི་དེ་ གནོད་པ་རྐྱབ་ གཙོ་རིམ་གཙོ་ཅིག་སྦེ་ ནི་དེ་ གཙོ་རིམ་གཙོ་ཅིག་སྦེ་ བཞག་ “I am registered to vote simply not possible to go are I will not leave And བཞག་ to go to the pollbe able to bring back his ཞིང་ཆུ་ཚུ་ཡང་ རིགས་འཛུགས་སྐྱོང་འཐབ་སྟེ་ རང་ མ་ཚད་ འཐུང་ཆུ་དང་ in Mongar and I would and vote in the polling the important decisions ནང་ རྒྱལ་རབས་ཅན་གྱིtrust ནང་་ དམང་གཙོའི་ རྒྱལ་རབས་ ཅ ན་གྱི རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཡོད་ལུགས་ཚུ་བཤདཔ་ཨིན་ ་ དམང་གཙོའི་ རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཡོད་ལུགས་ཚུ་བཤདཔ་ཨིན་ ཅིག་གིས་ བཤདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཅིག་གིས་ བཤདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ing station means the and confidence to ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། ནི་ལུ་ གྲོས་ཐག་བཅད་འདུག་པའི་ ནི་ལུ་ ཚོགས་རྒྱན་སྐྱུར་བ་ གྲོས་ཐག་བཅད་འདུག་པའི་ པད་མའི་ཕྱག་ལུ་ མེ་ཏོག་ཅིག་རང་བྱུང་ ༉ དེ་ཡང་ བསྐལ་པ་དཔག་ཏུ་མེན་པའི་ མགོ་རང་འདྲོངས་སྦེ་ have liked to cast my balstation.སྡོད་མི་ཅིག་ མེདཔ་བཏང་སྟེ་ up to others.” worry of having to travel vote again. མི་སེར་བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་ མི་སེར་བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་ ༦༥ དེ་ ༦༥ དེ་ གཞུང་གི་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་དང་པའི་ གཞུང་གི་ རྒྱལ་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་དང་པའི་ རུང་ ལ་ལོ་གིས་འབད་བ་ རྒྱལ་ རུང་According ཅིན་ ལ་ལོ་གིས་འབད་བ་ རྒྱལ་ to him, ཅིན་ toརྒྱལ་ lot,” she said. however ད་རུང་ རྒྱལ་པོའི་གཟི མDespite ད་རུང་ ་དཔོན་ཡིག་ རྒྱལ་པོའི་གཟི གནས་ཚུལ། མ་དཔོན་ཡིག་ her strong for three days to get there on the other hand, དུ་བྱོན་ཏེ་ ཁ་ཕྱེ་ལྟཝ་ད་ མེ་ཏོག་དེ་ནང་ ཨིནམ་ལས་ ཧེ་མ་ སངས་རྒྱས་མར་མེ་མཛད་ཀྱི་ འགྱོ་མི་ཚུ་ལུ་གནས་ཚུལ། དཀའ་ངལ་སྦོམ་བྱུང་ དུས་ཚོད་འ་ནེམ་ཅིག་ཁར་ ཅིག་གིས་ ཅིག་གིས་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་ ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུའི་ choki ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུའི་ བཙག་འཐུ་ ཁ་ཐོབ་མིའི་གྲལ་ཁར་ བཙག་འཐུ་ vote ཁ་ཐོབ་མིའི་གྲལ་ཁར་ ཚོགས་པ་ ཚོགས་པ་ she was not able to ardesire to vote, she is conis not just a right butའགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་ and another three days Dorji, 53, a civil ལས་ ནང་ ཨ་ལོ་འཇའ་རིསམོ་ཅིག་ཐོནམ་ བསྟན་པ་ལུ་ སངས་རྒྱས་མི་འཁྲུགས་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། ཆརཔ་མ་རྐྱབ་པ་ཅིན་ དུས་ཅི་to ཁོང་གི་ rangeའབྲུག་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པ་དང་ the trip because of demned remain silent it is a democratic obligato come back. said that there འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་ is འབྲུག་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པ་དང་ ནང་ འགོ་འདྲེན་འཐབ་ཚར་ཏེ་servant འགོ་འདྲེན་འཐབ་ཚར་ཏེ་ ལོ་ལྔའི་ཤུལ་ གསརཔ་ ལོ་ལྔའི་ཤུལ་ གསརཔ་ འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་ the cost of travelling. because of the gauntlet of tion, “toལས་ live མཚན་ཡང་ in a country In addition the exgoing to be an གླིང་གཞི་ལུ་ election ཆོས་ཀྱི་སེམས་དཔའ་ པའི་རྣམ་སྤྲུལ་ འཁོར་ལོ་ འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢ ཀྱིས་ ༢ ཀྱིས་ obstacles to voting. ལས་ ད་རུང་རང་ སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ ལས་ ད་རུང་རང་ ༢ པའི་ པ་དང་it སྤྱིར་དབབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢ པའི་ where པ་དང་ སྤྱིར་དབབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢you ལས་haveའབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་ ༢ ལས་ her entire family is sad a say in penses and the trouble whether oneསྤྱི་ཚོགས་ likes or ཟེར་བཏགས་གནང་ནུག། བསྒྱུར་བའི་ རྒྱལཔོ་ཡུལ་འཁོར་སྲུང་ ང་བཅས་ཆ་ཁྱབ་ཀྱིས་ ད་ལྟོ་ forདལ་འབྱོར་ པའི་བསྟན་པ་ལུ་ ང་གིས་གནོད་པ་བསྲུང་ འཐོབ་པ་ཅིན་ལེགས་ཤོམ་འོང་ནི་མས་ འཐོབ་པ་ཅིན་ལེགས་ཤོམ་འོང་ནི་མས་ that they could not take “I could not go to vote how you are governed.” of paper works leave not, andའགོ་ one ofཅིག་ཡོད་པ་ the canརྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུ་གི་ རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུ་གི་ ཅིའགོ་ ན་ ཟེར་བའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ ཅིག་ཡོད་པ་ཅིན་ ཟེར་བའི་རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ part in deciding for their because there was no at Besides, to decide to not ལུ་ བཙུན་མོ་སྟོང་ཕྲག་ ༡ དང ༢ ཡོད་ from office, is just not the didates is going to win ཟེར་བའི་ རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ ཟེར་བའི་ རེ་བ་བསྐྱེད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ གྱི་ མི་ལུ་རིང་པོ་ཆེ་ཐོབ་པའི་ ནམ་དུས་ བར་ཤོག་ཅིག་ཟེར་ home སྨོན་ལམ་བཏབ་དོ་ དེ་ལས་ ཕོ་སྐྱེས་སྟོང་ཕྲག་ ༡own གི་མིང་བྲིས་ ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་འདི་ཡང་ ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་འདི་ཡང་ མཇུག་བསྡུ་ དེ་འབད་རུང་ མཇུག་བསྡུ་ མནོ་བསམ་བཏང་དོ་ དེ་འབད་རུང་ མནོ་བསམ་བཏང་དོ་ future, but they are to look after the to vote is a betrayal to trouble she can afford to whether they like them པའི་ནང་ལས་ ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པའི་ འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་གིས་ འབྲུག་མཉམ་རུབ་ཚོགས་པ་གིས་ ལས་རང་ goསེམས་ཅན་ལུ་གནོད་པའི་འཚེ་ བཟུམ་སྦེ་ སྟོང་ཕྲག་said༡ Daza རེ་རེའི་Ama, stillབཙུགས་ hopeful that theyཕོ་རྒནམ་cows,” the nations ‘past, present through. not. ཏེ་གྲུབ་འབྲས་བྱུང་མ་ཚུགས་ རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་བུམ་པའི་ནང་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། or ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། བཟུམ་སྦེ་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བྱུང་མ་ཚུགས་ བཟུམ་སྦེ་ might be able to make it 47 year old farmer from and future generations’. བཙུན་མོ་ དཔེ་མེན་མ་ལས་ སྲས་མ་ Sadly for lhendupདཔལ་ he said “right to vote རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ལེགས་ཤོམ་ཅིག་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ལེགས་ཤོམ་ཅིག་མ་ཐོབ་མི་ བསྟན་པ་ལུ་ ཧེ་མའི་སྨོན་ལམ་དང་འཁྲིལ་ བ་སྤང་ཏེ་ དུས་གསུམ་མཁྱེད་པ་ ཞིནམ་ལས་ མཆོད་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ མི་ལུ་and བློ་ཕམ་བྱུང་ཡི་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས། མི་ལུ་ བློ་ཕམ་བྱུང་ཡི་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས། for the general election. 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And Bhutan willཞག་ be ༧ གྱི་རིང་ལུ་ Zangmo, 44, whose pollis འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ my democracy འཁྲུངས་པར་ my བཙུནམོ་ཐུགས་དོགས་ ལུ་a governམི་སེར་མ་ཤོས་ཅིག་ཧ་ལས་ཏེ་ ལུ་ མི་སེར་མ་ཤོས་ཅིག་ཧ་ལས་ཏེ་ ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་ལུ་ གསོལ་བ་གང་དྲག་བཏབ་ ཏེ་ ཉེ་བའི་ཤྲཤ་ཆེན་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི་ཚུལ་བཟུང་ ZangBut she will definitely able to achieve ing station was in Nampoliticians areའབྲུག་ཕུན་ཚོགས་ lifeline འབྲུག་སྤྱིར་དབང་ པ་དང་ འབྲུག་སྤྱིར་དབང་ ཁྲིས་གསོལ་ཕུལ་ཏེ་ Similarly, བུམ་པའི་ ugyen དེ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ དེ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ ཚོགས་པ་རྙིངམ་ འབྲུག་ཕུན་ཚོགས་ ཚོགས་པ་རྙིངམ་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས། ཏེ་ ཁྲུས་དང་གཙང་སྦྲ་བསྟན་ཏེ་ རྒྱན་ཆ་ mo, 44, who སྟེ་ had regisfulfill her civic duty by ment that represents all seling, Thimphu could ཚེ་ who will decide the future མཐུ་སྟོབས་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པ་ དཔལ་ ཏེ་ སྐྱབས་དང་མགོན་འཚོལ་བ་ཅིན་ ནང་ལས་མིང་རེ་རེ་བཞིན་དུ་བཏོན་ཏེ་ ཕོ་postal ballot ཚོགས་པ་ནང་ འཐུས་མི་མངམ་ན་ ཚོགས་པ་ནང་ འཐུས་མི་མངམ་ན་ པ་དང་ མི་སེར་དམངས་གཙོའི་ཚོགས་ པ་དང་ tered for will making it for the general the people only ifཨིན་རུང་ every-གྲོང་གསེབ་ཀྱི་ not make it owing to the ofསྣ་ཚོགས་བཏགས་ཞིནམ་ལས་ myམི་སེར་དམངས་གཙོའི་ཚོགས་ country,” so he ཨིན་རུང་ མི་སེར་ གྲོ ང ་གསེབ་ཀྱི་ མི་སེར་ དཀོན་ ད་ལྟོ་གིས་ bad བར་ཆད་བསལ་ ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རེ་རེ་བྱོན་ནི་ཨིནམ་བཞིན་དུ་ have སངས་ to remain voiceless round though. She exone were to vote. weather. Sheཚེ་ཕྱི་མ་ཐར་ feels took theརྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་ཡོདཔ་ད་ responsibility to སྐྱེས་སྟོང་ཕྲག་ ༡ པ་ཆ་མཉམ་ གཞོན་ཚུ་ཡོད་དེ་འབད་རུང་ ཚོགས་ ཚོགས་ པ་ ༢ ཀྱི་ རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ་ཡོདཔ་ད་ པ་ ༢ ཀྱི་ ཁོང་ ཁོང་ གཞོན་ཚུ་ཡོད་དེ་འབད་རུང་ ཚུ་ ཧེ་མ་ལས་ཡོད་པའི་ ཚུ་ ཧེ་མ་ལས་ཡོད་པའི་ ཚོགས་པ་ གསོལཝ་བཏབ་པཞི་ཉིན་ But, Kezang choden, as her postalད་ལྟོ་ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པའི་བསྟན་པ་ལུ་ཡང་ ballotཚོགས་པ་ has plained that herཉེ་children guilty for not voting but goམཆོག་ལུ་ out and vote. པ་དང་ ཐམས་ཅད་མཁྱེན་པའི་ གོ་འཕང་ རྒྱས་ནི་གི་ལུང་བསྟན་ཐོབ་པའི་སྐབས་ རྒྱན་གྱི ་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བལྟཝ་ད་ རྒྱན་གྱི ་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བལྟཝ་ད་ ན་ ན་ ༢ ཀྱིས་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་ནང་ ༢ likewise, ཀྱིས་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་ནང་ 37 year old resident in been rejected. She said will be home from school yet, “As part of democNgawang ༢ ར་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་དོན་ལུ་ ༢ ར་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་བཙག་འཐུའི་དོན་ལུ་ མར་ རྒྱལཔོ་དང་བཙུནམོ་ཆ་མཉམ་ འཐོབ་ཚུགས་པའི་ རྒྱ་ཆེན་པོར་ བའི་སྲས་ཆེན་གྱི phuentsholing is one of that her constituency is ་ཚུལ་བཟུང་སྟེ་ to give herབྱོན་མི་དེ་ some flexibiliracy, we ནུས་པ་ should feel free ལུ་ ནུ་གཅུང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སེམས་དཔའ་ཕྱག་ Yonten, a 31 year old གཞོན་ཚུ་ཚོགས་རྒྱན་བཙུགས་མི་ཚུ་ གཞོན་ཚུ་ཚོགས་རྒྱན་བཙུགས་མི་ཚུ་ དོ་འགྲན་འབད་ནི་ཨིན་པས། དོ་འགྲན་འབད་ནི་ཨིན་པས། གདམ་འཐུ་གྲུབ་མི་ལུ་ གདམ་འཐུ་གྲུབ་མི་ལུ་ སེམས་དགའ་ སེམས་དགའ་ ཙན་དན་གྱི ་ ནགས་ཚལ་ པད་མའི་གླིང་ those who were compelled about four days travel ty from the daily working to not vote as well,” she graduate said, “I am not ཡང་ ཧེ་མའི་སྨོན་ལམ་གྱི་སྟོབས་ལས་བྱོན་ ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་ནོ། ན་རྡོ་རྗེ་གིས་ ཕོ་རྒནམ་ཚུ་སངས་རྒྱས་ མི་མང་ཤོས་ཅིག་གིས་ མི་མང་ཤོས་ ཚོགས་ ཅིག་གིས་ ཚོགས་ གིས་ཡང་ ཚོགས་པ་ལུ་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་མ་ གིས་ཡང་ ཚོགས་པ་ལུ་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་མ་ སྟེ་འདུག་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། སྟེ་འདུག་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ། to stay home on poll day. from Thimphu and it was schedule. says. fine with the way things ལུ་ ཁམས་བསང་བྱོནམ་ད་ བཙུནམོ་


མཆོག་གིས་མཆོག་གིས་ སྐྱིད་སྡུག་གི་གསོལ་རས། སྐྱིད་སྡུག་གི་གསོལ་རས།

སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༣ སྤྱི་ལོ་ གྱི༢༠༡༣ ་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་ཡོདཔ། གྱི་ འགོ་ཐོག་བཙག་འཐུ་མཇུག་བསྡུ་ཡོདཔ།


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» continued from p 8 | Karma Dema vote in Punakha but currently residing in Thimphu explained his old age as a reason for not voting. Old age has made it difficult for him to journey without suffering from travel sickness so he chose to stay back. He however regrets for her daughter not being able go and vote since she had to stay back and look after him. But “I know that both the parties are capable to rule the government and whoever wins will do the nation well,” he said.


he citizens of Bhutan do take the election as a serious matter and they choose to vote intelligently. This time 66.07% of the eligible population voted, indicating that the people do understand the importance of their votes in electing the right leader to govern the country. According to Lyonpo Dago Tshering, “If we the citizen of Bhutan didn’t vote intelligently than

there might be lot of implications that might end up with regret. More over if they have voted for the party that they are supporting, they will be happy which also goes to show that they have understood the party and their manifestos.” He further added that as people cast their votes for the party of their choice, it is clear that this particular party is capable of ushering the nation to the greater developmental path and capable of

governing with peace and prosperity. The voter would have also considered party’s manifestos, candidates and leader in confidence to head the government. Thoepaga N Dawa, a 22 years old of government employee said that he waited for the poll day and had decided to choose the capable party to rule the government. “If we vote the wrong person, ultimately the people of Bhutan will be affected,” he said, adding that people should vote for a capable candidate who can really see the nation’s interest and the one who can bring the changes not only in

their own constituency but also in the nation. Likewise Tashi Tshering, 47, government employee, said that even “one vote” was really meant for the party who can govern well and the one who can take the role and responsibility of governing the nation. He also said, if the previous government comes into power they should fulfill their undone works and if the new government comes in to the power they should rationalize their pledges. Similarly Passang, 42 years old, Businessman, coming out jubilant from the polling station after

Ministry of Works and Human Settlements Thimphu Thromde Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Multi-donor Trust Fund Thimphu Strategic Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Plan and Implementation of Priority Actions Ref.: TT/ENG/CMS-GEN(01)/12-13/

Bid No. TT/ENG/CMS/2013/23

Invitations for Bids (IFB) National Competitive Bidding 1. The Government of Bhutan has received a grant fund from the International Development Association towards the cost of Thimphu Strategic Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Plan and Implementation of Priority Actions and intends to apply a part of the funds to cover eligible payments under the contracts for construction of work as detailed below. Bidding is open to all bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the IBRD Guidelines for Procurement. Bidders from Bhutan should, however, be registered with the Royal Government of Bhutan. Bidders are advised to note the minimum qualification criteria specified in Clause 4 of the Instructions to Bidders to qualify for the award of the contract. 2. The Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde invites bids for the construction of works detailed in the table. The bidders may submit bids for the following work. 3. Bidding documents (and additional copies) may be purchased from the office of the Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde upon payment of a non- refundable fee of Nu. 500 from 11/07/2013 to 11/08/2013 between 9.00 hours to 16.00 hours on any working day in the form of cash or Demand Draft on any Scheduled bank payable at Bhutan in favour of the Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde. Interested bidders may obtain further information at the same address. Bidding documents requested by mail will be dispatched by registered/ speed post on payment of an extra amount of Nu. 500. The Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde will not be held responsible for the postal delay if any, in the delivery of the documents or nonreceipt of the same. 4. Bids must be accompanied by security of the amount specified for the work in the table below, drawn in favour of the Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde. Bid security will have to be in any one of the forms as specified in the bidding document and shall have to be valid for 45 days beyond the validity of the bid. 5. Bids must be delivered to the Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde on or before 13.00 hours on 12/08/2013 and will be opened on the same day at 1400 hours, in the presence of the bidders who wish to attend. If the office happens to be closed on the date of receipt of the bids as specified, the bids will be received and opened on the next working day at the same time and venue. 6. A pre-bid meeting will be held on 24/07/2013 at 10:00hrs at the office of the Executive Secretary, Thimphu Thromde to clarify the issues and to answer questions on any matter that may be raised at that stage as stated in Clause 9.2 of ‘Instructions to Bidders’ of the bidding document. 7. Other details can be seen in the bidding documents. Component No

Name of work


Improvements at Changangkha Lhakhang

Approximate value of work (Nu.)

Bid security (Nu.)

Cost of bid documents (Nu.)

Period of completion

8.456 millions



8 months

Executive Secretary

casting his vote at Jigme Loseling Primary school said that everyone should vote for the political party in a very intelligent way so that at the end of the day the individual does not hold any sort of regret or dissatisfaction. He also added that he feels that the electorates have understood which party and candidate is better for the country and even in his family everyone had the same perception. On the other hand Jigme Choden, 28, college student, said that, “we are only a five year old democracy and the people of Bhutan are reaffirming and supporting the democracy and a few they think they are voting for the democracy irrespective of the fact as to which party they have voted. She also added that as far as possible it should be rational and of an understanding as to why they were voting, and for whom they were voting.” While the nation was undergoing the second round of general election, most people who were interviewed by The Journalist shared similar views

demonstrating the understanding of the importance of their individual rights as well as the responsibly involved in the democratic process.

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from Paro said “it doesn’t matter whoever wins, the main output from the new government should benefit the people and the nation.” Some of the pledges of PDP of delivering helicopter and power tiller to the people, if it’s fulfilled than it would definitely benefit the people of Bhutan and also improve the economy of the country. He further added that it is to some extent that people have to worry because it’s a new government, the second kind in the history of Bhutan and they have to learn more unlike the DPT as they have already ruled for five years. But whatever it is, “I believe PDP’s going to do well and bring happiness among the people and the nation. According to Kuenzang lhadon, 33, a business

Royal Bhutan Army Headquarters, Lungtenphu Thimphu NIQ No. 103/KA/2013/81

Open Tender Notice for Purchase of Tractor and Backhoe

1. Headquarters, Royal Bhutan Army Lungtenphu invites sealed quotation rate for purchase of the following machineries. (a) Tractor- 40 HP with Hydraulic self unloading trolley - 01 No (b) Backhoe- Indian Make (Approx – 90HP) - 01 No 2. The tender documents may please be obtained from the Office of the Presiding Officer, Tender Committee, Lungtenphu during office hours on payment of Nu. 500.00 Only (non- refundable) to Department of Defence Accounts, Army Headquarters, Lungtenphu from 10 July, 2013 onward till 1200hrs on 07 August, 2013. 3. The last date for submission is at 1100 hrs on 08 August, 2013 and shall be opened on same day at 1130 hrs in the presence of bidders who wish to attend. For clarification contact # 17381671/ 17111067.

woman said she is happy with the result and is hoping for the best thing to happen hereafter. And bring changes what DPT government couldn’t do it in his five years term. “If one wants to see the change in the country, you should come forward and support PDP,” said the president of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during his meeting with the people in Phuntsholing on June 25. So, the people of Bhutan support the PDP. The party is focused on “change,” now the people are eager to see the changes that would be brought by the Peoples Democratic Party hereafter. People of Bhutan already have high hope that the PDP will bring all the necessary changes in the country and benefit

the people. The people have voted for the winning party, for the ideas and actual plans they have offered the people. Pema Choden, one of the private employees in Phuentsholing was over excited to watch the results on BBS. “I had put on a wager with my friend since I was pretty sure my party was going to win,” she said. Pema after watching the result on the television calls her friend and family with excitement. Likewise, Kinley who was out of town and without television connectivity calls his friends to know about the result. “I am very happy and excited to know the result,” he told The Journalist adding that he is celebrating the day.


While there were many who were shouting and laughing over the result out of excitement, there were few who were disappointed and disheartened with the result. Tshering, one of the residents of Phuentsholing was disappointed with the result and likewise, there are many who after the result were not very happy. The hard work of the Peoples Democratic Party has shown the positive result. Now the only hope is to work on their plans and then prove to the people that they had taken the right decision by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party.

Bhutan Power Corporation Limited Procurement Services Department, Thimphu


NOTICE INVITING BIDS The Procurement Services Department (PSD), Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC), Thimphu, would like to invite sealed bids for the following: 1. Tender No. BPC/PSD/B22/2013/08 dated 5th July, 2013 2. Description of Lots and Lot No. Steel Tubular Poles Lot 1 Lot 2 ACSR Conductors Lot 3A Pole Fittings Lot 3B Hardware Fittings Lot 3C Lot 4A Lot 4B Lot 4C Lot 4D Lot 5A Lot 5B Lot 6 Lot 7 3.

Distribution Boxes & Mini Pillars XLPE Cables PVC Cables Cable Jointing Kits Cable Glands HV & LV ABC Conductors ABC Fittings Lightning Arrestor Switching Equipments Bid Details:

Lot 8 Transformers Lot 9 Transformer/Governor Oil Lot 10 Electrical Line Materials Lot 11 Insulators Lot 12 Lot 13 Lot 14 Lot 15 Lot 16 Lot 17 Lot 18 Lot 19

Earthing Equipments Switch Gear LT Static Energy Meters CT Ring CT & PT Unitized Substation RMUs VCB Panels

a) Cost of document

Nu. 5,000.00 (Non-refundable)

b) Date of Sale

July 8, 2013 to August 14, 2013

c) Place of sale

Procurement Services Department, BPC, Thimphu (Telephone no. 02-326289)

4. The decision of the Tender Committee will be final and binding.

The detail invitation and the soft copy of the bidding document is available at The bidder who have downloaded the bid document and wish to participate should register with PSD, BPC, Thimphu on or before the closing of bid sale date and make payment for the cost of the bid documents.

Presiding Officer

(General Manager)

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| PemaDenkar, Phuentsholing:


mong the hundreds who had come to vote at Ahalay polling station in Pasakha was a 57-yearold Nandu Gurung from Tsho-Chhongna under Samphelling gewog who had walked to the polling station with the help of his walking stick. As he walks towards the polling station, security officials helped him get his vote casted ahead without having to wait long in the line. NanduGurung is the only eligible voter out of his six family members and who is physically disabled. According to him, he had become paralyzed since September last year. He has two sons and two daughters who are all studying currently.


“Get leave and vote” - Election Commissioner “This is what the people are saying about the primary election result”

titled for postal ballots. “More than 30 percent of the population is prilThouGh, vate employees and if most &people | Dawa Norbu Dechenthe Dolkar - Thimphu they were given the opJournalist talked portunity of postal ballot, to were happy that their the number could have vote played into the made some difference on result, there were few Any party that can give me 5he acres of governthe result,” said. who felt otherwise. ment land & transfer it to my name Sonam choden, ASAP an- gets The voter turnout and so my first option is DPT, but if other other private employee the result ofmy thevote, primary also saidI am thatready most to oflisten. the round of election held me on good party give offer” people working in private May 31 could have been Deki Dema, 25, private employee, companies fall under low different if private emradhi-sakten constituency or middle income group ployees had the opportuand it is a huge burden nity of postal ballot. I wanted newlong political party travel way just to to on a random inter-at leasttoone cast their vote. view conducted by the win but it is the same old two political parties She said, they were Journalist around again. the If people of Bhutan do“If not give opporgiven the privilege of country, almost 80for pertunity new political parties to govern our postal ballot, they would cent of the private emcountry it would be a dynasty for the old same have exercised their franployees have not casted political party. chise to vote,” and talktheir vote. chuki constituency ing about the results, she Most of them said that29, South-Thimphu is not happy it. the trouble of travelling a It will be all before unless they embring of the private long journey to their re-same asMost interviewed new changes development in thesaid counspective constituencies toand ployees the parties always cast their ballot was not try. They give fullthat support only to the civil spoke aboutthe improving reasonableservants according to despite them having privileges of the status of privateBut en- we, their financial status. and other allowance remuneration. trepreneurs but so far it Norbu, aprivate privateemployee emare ignored and left behind. has just been talks withployee said that whatever I want the government who can support the out implementation. the result may be, it is private employee. “Forget about the supvery sad that the private port, we are even deemployees were not enBuddha Gurung, 33, Tourist Guide, Gelephu Khamad constituency | Pema Denkar - Phuentsholing


the other way around if prived of postal ballot,” every private employees said a frustrated Kinley had voted. Nidup adding that the But still, most of the politicians are not at all private employees are in the favor of private enhopeful that the election trepreneurs and private commission would conemployees. sider the issue and make Kinley Yangden from I am happy that the former thethem someparty effortwon to give Bardo-Trongconstituency vote. I will feel secure only if the country is the equal opportunity of presently working for ruled by an experienced party. ballot. The former postal a private company in Phuentsholing that on the other government said have left unachieved work hand, so shethey didn’t vote Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, need to against come back to continue with what herthey wish. election commissioner have started. Apart from the cen“even if IYonten decidePhuntsho, to pay of election commission 30, Fresh Graduate, sus, Nandu’s family also the expense of travel- Khar Yurong of Bhutan said that the Pemagatshel constituency has unsolved land issues ling, it is still difficult to postal ballot is given so they stay in in. a tempoA from new government should come getSad! leave office,” only have to civil servants rary hut. people don’t trust female forces leadersince sheBhutanese said adding that she and armed Nandu used to work going by the Nc result and primary result. wishes the postal ballot they are deployedIfon as a security guard beopportunity was given to figure election duties and have DNT had a prominent or ahe male fore gotleader paralyzed thethen private ashad a no time to go and cast theyemployees might have chance. There are and today his wife is the well. their vote. chances that even in the next election the two only income generator “The partieswill always the postal his family. “My wife old parties still win. inFurther, sayThe it issaddest very important ballot is also given to works in other people’s part is despite the civil servants to develop private encorporate employees who farm and run our supporting for DNT they still voted for DPT in famtrepreneurs to develop provide services ily,” he essential said adding that the end according to the postal ballot. Bhutathe country, but where he wishes hisare land whereby they en-issues nese don’t want change they to stick to so he willwant beinsolved soon is the support when they gaged essential duties their even old thing that they are used to. can settle cannot give the during the down. election time. Tashi Wangmo, As for heThimphu. walkedem-back same opportunity to us,”civil Servant, “But private home after casting his said a frustrated ployees should I was sure thatprivate PDP and DPT will they be leading vote, he told that employee in Phuentsholget leave their he the election.I watch television every and timecast and doesn’t have much ingI who said vote,”more said the commisfound thethat twothe leading parties capable knowledge on where and result could sioner. then the have other been two.” While her 69-year-old

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husband interrupts the conversation problemsand butsaid, is hopeful “I was expecting Druk Nyamrup that theTshogpa elected to government will help him out. be one of the leading parties.” “I over hope during the Then the two goes on debating the result to support the environcandidate. Till date we next election, all of my both trying to convince each other over their due citizenship issues ment and members Blood Dona-will havetosponsored 20 fefamily view. but however 15 Nandu join drive me toon vote and elect tion 14th June male candidates, have Aum Wangmo, resident said thatcompleted his wife always theThimphu right government,” in with of the already their 65-year-old made sureeducation to attend he Phuentsholing. saidfrom with a giggle support JDWNM high school such meetings. and hopeful glint in his hospital during the while five of them will be I was pretty sure that the DPT will be leading Word “Today my eyes. Donors Day”. Blood completing this wife year. told the from right the start. I For don’t mean the me“one to election go and vote a person like NanADFIAP is an assoof the culture other parties are notAlworthdu, butelection DPT and early in the morning. is PDP a very big ciation of development adopted by BoBl is Social though she better. doesn’t has are much event and and other the lone vote banks finanresponsibility which is a citizenship she wantTashi lhamo, lAMGoNGthat he had casted is cial institutions engaged for meeting community ed me to represent the weighed with hundreds WANGchANG constituency in Paro in the financing of deneeds through beneficial family,” he said adding of hope. I am overwhelmed with the result and velopment in the Asiapartnership and to supthat shereally always feels sad He believes that this Pacific region. Its mission port community growth”, satisfied indeed. when The resultisis an because of the and disheartened opportunity for is to advance sustainable said the ceo BoBl, people whoof have voted the people have she sees her friends and and people like him to serve its Pema Namgyel Nadik. neighbors go to vote. decided for the right party.development evencountry though through there the by casting members. he added, “We won’t Talking Thenew Joura vote for not the one right govhad beentotwo political parties Founded in 1976, AD-do stop theNandu partnership with nalist, said that ernment. “I cannot of them could make it to the general round FIAP has currently 131 the community here he and his family always anything serve my of election. It will discourage the new to parties talk discuss about member-institutions since and we have to grow country except to in vote from coming in the future. the problem in up question 45 The Asian much more along with forcountries. the rightful governbut always keepsTenzin them-24, corporate ment,” employee, he said Development Bankadding is a the society. Phurba selves optimistic that this is an opportuSpecial Member of the We will be support-thatwamrong constitiuency someday the memnity the great Association. BoB isleaders a ing the treeall plantation bers of the family have bestowed upon the member of ADFIAP since in Phuentsholing this will earn the same right. people. April 2011. National Forestry Day

BoB bags the “Plaque of Merit” recognition Unfortunately, none of king,” he said. I don’t find any other party more capable

While Nandu was sathis children his2013, wife in eight differ| Pema Denkar -and 30 May then DPT and themembers people have chosen the has census thus deprived isfied and happy after ent categories. Phuentsholingright party. his vote, he told of casting their vote. casting The award recognizes Tshering lhamo, corporate employee with the sad voice that Nandu although he is the program, project or he Bank of Bhutan in Phuentsholing, chhoeKhorphysically challenged, he wished his wife and undertaking developed, was awarded a could have votwalked to cast his vote childrenTANG constituency. adopted and instituted “Plaque of Merit” hoping that he can con- ed as well. “I got married by the member that adin recognition of their to my wife who is from tribute towards electing PDP I was expecting to lead election vances andthe sustains re- but “Need Based Scholarship Dorokha but she doesn’t the right government. however I am happy with the result.” citizenship for Scheme” by voted the have census,” he said “I have and I sponsible social good. “Although away from home, I keep myselfapupADFIAP (Association adding that he have am satisfied,” he of said BoBl started provide Development Financing dated with everything happening in my counadding that he is hopeproached the to gewog ofNeed Based ScholarInstitutions in Asia andhe try through socialthe media and sources. ful that the party ficials and isother still yet to to five economically the Pacifics) on May voted for would win22. the ship receive afor response. And I was eagerly waiting the result to be disadvantaged The recognition “Imedia. have faithfemale that one election. updatedwas on the social everyand yearchilawarded the corpoday my wife When forasked about candidates Phuba working for completing two rate importance Social responsibility the ofDorji, vote,a Bhutanese dren cancitizen also their have citi-in united States from zenship and acquire the he said that every single years of high school educategory for the year KABISA-TAloG constituency. vote is precious and he right to vote,” he said. cation in 2009. 2012 at 36 ADFIAP AnWhile, therewas aredone hunbelieves that a in single The selection nual Meeting held I make am very happy to knowof thatpeople DPT wonlike the vote would a huge dreds by the Department of ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  primary election. for me both the leading Nandu who has famdifference. “Ihowever have al- And education, Youth DevelThe winner ily members deprived ways taken the opportuparties are very good. opment Fund and BoBl was Development Bank nity seriously and I will based from on casting their vote the laid out paof Japan, Inc. for “DBJ Tsheringmo, lhuentse or those who keep themvote as long as I live for rameters for selecting the Women entrepreneurs the betterment of the selves away from public most economically and center” selected by ADcountry, people and the meetings and gatherings


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