Dechen Dolkar  

Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) declared three more candidates, one from Sarpang and two from Samtse on January 25.

The party declared Karma Rinchen, 54, as its candidate from the Gelephu constituency. He has a Master of Education from Edith Cowan University in Australia and a Bachelor of Education from the Samtse College of Education.

With more than 30 years of experience in the civil service, Karma Rinchen served as a teacher, lecturer, dzongrab and drungpa in Mongar, Samtse, Gasa, and Phuentsholing.

The father of two kids is from Tshojan village in Chhuzanggang gewog.

The party also declared Pushpa Raj Humagai, 63, from Ugyentse-Yoeseltse constituency in Samtse. The 63-year-old is a veteran and served in the government for 17 years after which he started a successful business venture.

Soon after his graduation from St. Joseph’s College, North Point in 1984, Pushpa Raj joined the service as a young trainee officer in Haa dzongkhag.

He studied Economics in college and later did his Masters in Development Planning from Centre for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), Pune, India.

Before joining BTP, Pushpa Raj Humagai was running a successful business establishment as a Chief Executive Officer dealing in export, import, mines and minerals, high-end equipment and vehicle tyres.

BTP declared Pasang Dorji, 53, from Phuentshogpelri-Samtse constituency. He has a Masters degree in Education Leadership from the University of Canberra, Australia and Bachelors of Education from the erstwhile National Institute of Education, Samtse.

Pasang Dorji has 27 years of experience as an administrator and educationist. He began his teaching career in 1995 in Samtse and later served as the first headmaster for Dorokha Lower Secondary School.

Pasang Dorji was also appointed as the first drungpa for Sombaykha Drungkhag, Haa.

Before joining politics, he served as Pemagatshel and Samtse Dzongrab for the last five years.

The party has declared 17 candidates so far.

The party president has also completed familiarisation tours in 14 dzongkhags. The party plans to travel to other dzongkhags and cover 205 gewogs, after the National Council elections.

BTP announced its first general assembly to be held at Semtokha, Thimphu on January 30.