After primaries collection begins

posted Jun 1, 2013, 2:44 AM by chitra chhetri   [ updated Jun 4, 2013, 4:21 AM by Hari Bhattarai ]

Just a day after the primary election, people of Gasa dzongkhag started moving into the forest, wearing gumboots, carrying bag-packs and raincoats.

“Now it’s time to collect yartsa goenbup (Cordyceps sinensis),” Gem Tshering, who was on his way to collect the highly valued fungus, said.

“We started issuing cordyceps collection permits only after the poll-day, as there were chances that people may not wait until the primary election,” Khamaed gup Karma Tshering said.

Bhutan goes to primary poll for the first time

posted May 31, 2013, 7:18 AM by Hari Bhattarai

By the end of the day, Bhutan will be left with two political parties fighting for 47 seats in the National Assembly, following the first-ever primary poll today.

Four political parties, Druk Chirwang Tshogpa, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and People’s Democratic Party are contesting the elections.

Initially, five political parties had come forward expressing interest to contest the primaries, but Bhutan Kuen-nyam Party was disqualified for being unable to fulfill the election commission criteria.

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