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Parties affirm all constituencies important for primary round

If the primary round of election is all about numbers, then large constituencies with more number of voters will obviously influence election results.

It also becomes sensible then that the four political parties must sway voters in favor of their party, especially in the east and south, given the highest number of voters in these constituencies.

Trashigang with five constituencies has 47,614 voters, the largest number of registered voters, while Samtse with four constituencies has 47,360 voters. It is then followed by Monggar with 34,589 voters and Pemagatshel with 26,141 voters. Both have three constituencies each. It’s then Sarpang with two constituencies and 30,183 voters.

However, the secretary general of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), DawaRinchen said the party hasn’t so far prioritized constituencies with high number of voters.

“The presidential tour started from Thimphu, Paro and so forth,” he said, adding that the president was at the moment at her constituency for the common forum.

“After the common forum is complete, she’ll try to visit the constituencies in the east that she has not been able to do so before. And so, yes, the president will try to visit all the 47 constituencies if time and weather permit. The party believes in trying to reach out to all the electorates to advocate them on redefining politics and politicians,” DawaRinchen said.

However, he added that constituencies will definitely influence elections.

And while acknowledging the voter banks, media spokesperson of DrukNyamrupTshogpa (DNT) said the party believes in reaching out to each and every individual and it is not all about garnering votes. The party pledges to visit 47 constituencies despite a short span of time.

“Primary round is about voting to the party and the president, and DNT has strategized in such way that we want to reach out to all the people irrespective of constituencies with high or low votes,” the spokesperson added.

Similarly, the president of DrukPhuensumTshogpa (DPT), PemaGyamtsho said it’s the strength of ideology, past track record, manifesto, competent of the candidates and good faith of people which matter when it comes to votes, but not the influence of which constituencies have high or low votes.

“I am visiting a few of those Dzongkhags where I have not been before. Being able to convey your messages across to the voters is must,” he added.

PemaGyamtsho will be visiting Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa and Bumthang in the next following weeks.

The secretary general of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), JigmeZangpo also said that the party considers all constituencies equally important.

“Which is why, we have selected the best of the candidates to represent the 47 constituencies. As a political party, the party is indiscriminately focusing on all the 47 constituencies because the party cannot put more effort in one constituency and less in another merely on the basis of numbers. What matters is that party should be able reach out to every single voter in the country and share with each of them our political ideology of WangtseChhirpel; our manifesto and our vision to take the nation forward in five years, and beyond. Nobody should be left behind,” he added.

JigmeZangpo said the PDP president will travel to as many constituencies as possible within the stipulated campaign period.

Meanwhile, going back to the results in the above five dzongkhags during the 2013 general election, DPT won two seats out of three from Monggar, while PDP secured one seat. From three constituencies in Pemagatshel, DPT took all the three seats. PDP took all the six constituencies in Samtse and Sarpang. And PDP won three seats, while DPT won two seats from Trashigang, which has the highest number of voters along with the constituencies.

The five dzongkhags have 17 seats in total. PDP won in 10 constituencies in 2013, while DPT managed seven constituencies.

ChenchoDema from Thimphu