Villagers in Dagana experience political lag
Yeshi Nidup, TsirangFeb 24 2013
Dagana is among the most remote districts in the country, and its villages are quite isolated. It is no surprise then that the populace in this dzongkhag is not as informed as the rest of the country about the upcoming general elections.
Some villagers are not even aware about the new political parties, and many continue to remain oblivious to the march up to the next round of elections.
Yeshey Dolma, a farmer in Phagperkhet village says, “We are farmers, and we spend most of our time in the fields, not concerned with anything else. We have not even heard of the candidates who will be contesting from our constituency”.
Although, it remains unclear how well the people will get to know their candidates, it cannot be denied that they will vote on the basis of the promise that appeals most to them: the promise of change.
Another villager, Chado, from Tashiding village shares, “We want our elected candidate to provide our villages with clean drinking water, especially those villages that face shortage at the moment. Some of our villages still remain without farm road connectivity”.
Excitement is building up in other areas in the country for the elections, but the election boards along the highway and the gewog centers in Dagana remain bare and underutilized.