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In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

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Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Visualize the NC elections results

This week's National Council elections results were reported in this form or the other by the media and by the Election Committee of Bhutan. Most of the results were reported one dzongkhag at a time, which made it difficult to see the overall picture. Using the numbers from the ECB's report (which were presented in one big table), I created two dashboards, each telling a story. One about voter percentage and the other about winner share of votes.

Dashboard 1: Voter Participation by Dzongkhag

I computed the per-dzongkhag percentage of votes (= total votes for all candidates / registered voters). Some dzongkhags clearly stand out! To focus on a particular dzongkhag, click on the map, bar-chart or scatter plot.

Dashboard 2: Winner's Share of Votes

The map shows the % of votes that the winner received from the total number of votes in his dzongkhag. Some winners received a very large majority, while others did not. We'd expect that the share would be affected by the number of candidates: the more candidates, the lower the winner's share. While this is the case in most dzongkhags, notice an interesting exception: Samtse's Sangay Khandu won almost 49% of the votes despite having the largest number of competing candidates. Also, in Dagana and Trashigang, which had a single contestant, each received more than 90% ("yes") votes, which is much higher than even dzongkhags with two contestants.

These dashboards were created with the free Tableau Public tool. It would be great to see the media and other organizations create similar visualizations and interactive dashboards for the upcoming elections.

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