LG election sees 56 percent turnout


The recently concluded Local Government (LG) election in Bhutan saw a voter turnout of 56 percent or 194,357 voters.

According to election commission of Bhutan, there were 347,938 registered voters for the local government election. A total of 1,105 local government officials to the post of gups, mangmis, thromde thuemis and gewog tshogpas were elected on June 27.


Voters in Laya wait for their turn to vote at the Thongra Lubcha polling station. (Photo Courtesy/Gyem Thinley)

“The government structure under the Constitution is complete with the election of the local government,” said Kunzang Wangdi, the election commissioner.

Like in the past, women’s participation, especially as contestant was considered to be less in comparison to male. On the poll day on June 27, only 165 women contested against about 2,000 male candidates.

Meanwhile, the security was tightened in the Southern region of the country viewing possible foil.

Click here to see the elections result.


  1. Wow! The names of the villages and Dungkhags as we knew them are gone! And it does look like almost all the candidates contesting elections in the southern districts were those who had been resettled. The cleasing is complete, except for a few sticklers still hanging on.

  2. After going through the LG Elections that were held on June 27th in a non-political method in Bhutan, and the way its results are declared in a big fanfare, it is envisage that the royal government of Bhutan is wholeheartedly preparing towards declaring Bhutan a semi-democratic, semi-feudal, pro-monarchical system, which is very similar to that of the panchayati system existed before democracy in Nepal. It could be further corroborated through the way the royal regime is giving less importance to the political system and more importance to the non-political system in the name of practising democracy in the country. For instance, the upper house of the parliament – national council- is non-political, the couple of months back held thrompen’s (mayor) election was non-political and now the LG Elections is also done non-politically. There is high chance that the 2013 scheduled general elections too is going to be non-political thereby declaring the whole system of governance as semi-feudal and full panchayati system. Democracy in Bhutan is merely a window-dressing to eyewash the international community and betrays its own people.