After coming second in the primary round, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is now confident that they can win the general round of the third parliamentary election on October 18.
After completing tour in the central and southern parts of the country, DPT president Pema Gyamtsho said the party is expected to form the government.
“The party, with capable and experienced candidates, is there to serve the nation if people elect us,” he added.
Meanwhile, DPT won from almost all of the constituencies in the east. The party received a total of 90,020 votes in the primary round and came second after Druk Nyyamrup Tshogpa, which secured a total of 92,722 votes.
DPT in the primary election has won in seven Dzongkhags in eastern and central Bhutan. Altogether, DPT won from 22 constituencies in the primary round this year. The party has three ex-ministers re-contesting this year. Also, there are four candidates who had served for ten years, nine MPs having had served for one term. Four candidates have served for two terms as Member of Parliament. Altogether, 16 candidates have served as MPs, including ministers from 2008 to 2013, during the term of first parliament.
The party, according to the president, comprises candidates from humble backgrounds and has nothing to offer to anyone if elected. The party also comprises candidates from all ages from youth to senior and experienced in term of ages.
“We will groom the young candidates to lead in the future when those seniors retire,” Pema Gyamtsho said. There are four young candidates in the party.
He added that the remaining candidates are also equally capable and have various experiences before contesting in the election.
Pema Gyamtsho said the campaign so far went well and is hopeful that it will go well in the remaining Dzongkhags as well.
He said that the party is campaigning based on their pledges. “People have learnt about the party’s pledges and we hope that they understood,” he added.
“DPT focuses on pledges based on the issues faced by the people and not to defame others and to create regionalism. We should not divide our small nation by regionalism. It’s a big threat. We are against it,” Pema Gyamtsho said.
He added that the party feels the support from people from all walks of life across the nation.
“Wherever we went we had a good support. The party is expected to get more than 50% of the total votes,” he said.
Pema Gyamtsho also cautioned voter not to get lured by deceptive practices of the party workers.
He added that money should not decide the future of this tiny nation and that it would be a threat in the future if it happened so.
Krishna Ghalley from Samtse