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Candidates question fairness of Phuentsholing elections

Jan 26, 2011

A candidate who contested the Thromde election in Phuenstholing and the father of one of the Thrompon candidates in Phuentsholing are filing a written complaint saying the election was not fair.

Talman Chhetri, the father of Dr. Ashan Chhetri, said the election was not conducted in a fair manner. Dr. Ashan Chhetri contested the Thrompon election and lost to Tsheten Dorji who has been elected Phuentsholing Thrompon.

Talman Chhetri said he saw supporters of Tsheten Dorji at the Phuentsholing Toe polling station talking to voters waiting in queue and coercing them to vote for Tsheten Dorji. He said the same group of supporters has also been seen visiting other polling stations and Tsheten Dorji’s wife was seen at the Phuentsholing Mae polling station coercing voters.

Thrompon elect Tsheten Dorji said the allegations are baseless. He admitted that his brother in law and his wife were at the polling stations but denied the allegation that they were luring the voters. He said they were 100 meters away from the polling stations which is allowed. He added it is not possible to influence the voters at the eleventh hour.

Dorji Khandu, who contested from Phuenstholing Mae constituency for Tshogpa’s post and lost to Karma Chen, also said the election was not fair. He said he saw his opponent Karma Chen entering the polling station premises after casting his vote, which is not allowed as per election rules.

Both Talman Chhetri and Dorji Khandu had gone to the Office of the Returning Officer to file a complaint. But they said the office did not accept their petition saying that the responsibility of the office of the returning officer has ended the day results were declared.

According to the election Act, any petition with regard to the Local Government Elections should be forwarded to the Dzongkhag court.

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