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The 2008 Elections: Results
The 2008 Elections: Lower House of Parliament (National Assembly)
The Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party or Bhutan Harmony Party (Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT)) had won 45 of the 47 parliament seats in the Lower House.

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) had won 2 seats.

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) is led by Jigmi Y. Thinley. Jigmi Y. Thinley will be the new Prime Minister.

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) is headed by Sangay Ngedup.

The election for the Upper House of parliament, the 25-seat National Council, was held in December 2007.

The 2008 National Assembly Election
A landslide for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa
24 March, 2008
The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, led by Jigmi Y Thinley, secured a landslide victory in Bhutan's historic National Assembly elections today winning 45 of the 47 seats to the National Assembly.

The DPT won all the seats in the eastern, central and southern constituencies. The People's Democratic Party's Damcho Dorji, Rinzin Dorji and Tshering Togay won in Gasa, Chukha (Phuentsholing result reversed) and Haa.

The PDP president, Sangay Ngedup, lost in his constituency, Kabji-Talo under Punakha, to DPT's Tshering Penjore.

Former health minister, Dr Jigmi Singay and several other candidates considered to be sure winners all lost by substantive margins.

DPT's five former ministers, referred to as "old wine in new bottles" during the election campaign, came through comfortably.

The results of the elections surprised many Bhutanese people who had expected a closer contest between the two parties.

According to the election commission of Bhutan, the voter turnout was close to 80 percent of the 318,465 registered voters.

DPT to form the new government
25 March, 2008
The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa was formally declared as the Ruling Party by the Election Commission of Bhutan today, after having won 44 of the 47 seats to the National Assembly in yesterday's election.

The People's Democratic Party, having won 3 seats in the National Assembly, will be the Opposition Party. PDP's Damcho Dorji won in Gasa, Rinzin Dorji in Chukha and Tshering Tobgay won in Haa.

Chief election commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, said that the voter turn-out was 79.4 percent of the 318,465 registered voters. About 235,893 voted in the 865 polling stations on the electronic voting machine and 17,119 cast their votes through postal ballots.

Phuentsholing result reversed
29 March, 2008
The People's Democratic Party's representation in the National Assembly was further reduced to two seats from three, with the Election Commission of Bhutan admitting that it had made a mistake in the vote tally of the Phuentsholing constituency under Chukha dzongkhag.

A notification from the election commission said that the Druk Phuensum Tshokpa (DPT) candidate, Chencho Dorji, and not Rinzin Dorji of People's Democratic Party (PDP) had won from Phuentsholing. On the evening of March 24, PDP's Rinzin Dorji had been declared the winner with a margin of four votes.


The 2008 Elections: Links
External Links
Bhutan Government Election Commission
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT)
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
International Foundation for Election Systems IFES
Election Guide Bhutan
European Union
EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Bhutan
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