Lakey Wangchuk, who claims to be an anti-waste enthusiast with experiences in finance and teaching, will contest the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Punakha.

The 37-year-old from Boemina village in Talo, Punakha, worked as a finance officer in the finance ministry, trading finance manager for State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited, a teacher and an anti-waste educator for Pelkhil Higher Secondary School. He last worked as a tour leader mainly for World Wildlife Fund and Bhutan Foundation.

He also claims to be an anti-waste guest lecturer at various institutes in Paro and Thimphu.

Lakey Wangchuk has a Bachelors of Commerce from Sherubtse College and a Masters of Management from Australia. He also has a postgraduate diploma in financial management (PGDFM) from the Royal Institute of Management.

He said that he likes to engage in social services for the community and to educate and advocate people on waste management. “As of now, I have advocated more than 10,000 tourist guides, tourist drivers, taxi drivers, students and members of the public.”

Lakey Wangchuk said that if elected, he would focus on ways to set things right on pertinent issues such as farm, city and national highway roads, water shortage, youth unemployment, and rural-urban migration issues. “I am very concerned with waste and stray dog issues in the country.”

He said that he chose to contest for NC to bring change in the lives of people rather than providing them with a choice. Lakey Wangchuk said that as members of the house of review, NC members have the responsibility to review and set things right. “I want to set a standard and show a way to all elected members that we can do more than what we are doing now.”

Karma Cheki