Five NC incumbents elected

Five incumbent candidates were elected in the third National Council (NC) elections as per the provisional results announced by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).

A total of 14 incumbent candidates contested this time round of which two were knocked out during the Zomdu process.

The elected incumbent candidates include Nima, 40, from Bumthang who has a Masters in human services counseling; Tempa Dorji, 50, from Lhuntse who has a Masters in electrical power engineering; and Jigme Wangchuk, 38, from Samdrup Jongkhar who has a Bachelors in education. Jigme Wangchuk will be serving a third time in the NC.

The rest are Tashi Dorji, 36, from Wangduephodrang who has a Masters in international affairs and Pema Dakpa, 49, from Zhemgang who has Bachelors in agricultural engineering.

Nima secured a total vote count of 3,513. Tempa Dorji secured 2,569, Jigme Wangchuk secured 4,101, Tashi Dorji secured 4,995 and Pema Dakpa secured 2,639.

Incumbent candidate Pema Tenzin from Chhukha secured 1,586 votes. He was defeated by Sangay Dorji who secured 5079 votes. Sonam Wangchuk, incumbent from Mongar secured 2,129 votes and was defeated by Sonam Pelzom who got 277 votes more. Dhan Bahadur Monger from Sarpang secured 2,455. He was defeated by Anand Rai who got 1,823 votes more. Nima Gyeltshen from Thimphu secured 1,586 votes and was defeated by 531 votes which went to Tshewang Rinzin. Tashi Phuntsho from Trashiyangtse secured 625 votes and lost out to Karma Gyeltshen by 1,327 votes. Tharchen from Trongsa secured 2,005 votes. He was defeated by 304 votes which went to Tashi Samdrup. Tshering Dorji from Haa secured 1,573 votes and was defeated by Ugyen Namgay who got 1,730 votes.

Sangay Khandu from Gasa and Kamal Bahadur Gurung from Tsirang were not selected during the zomdu process.

In the 2013 NC elections, seven incumbent candidates were elected from a total of 15 incumbent candidates who re-contested.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu