Except for Doga-Shaba constituency in Paro, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) yesterday declared all its candidates together.
DNT president, Dr Lotay Tshering, said that the Doga-Shaba candidate was not declared because the candidate, who is a civil servant, is yet to complete his resignation procedures.
“The candidate will probably have his formalities fulfilled within a few days. We will inform the media as soon as it is complete,” he said.
Dr Lotay Tshering said that the party had struggled to reach this stage and is overjoyed by having achieved the strength and drive to offer people a choice in the upcoming elections.
The president issued tickets to 45 candidates to formalise their candidature. Its candidate from Panbang constituency in Zhemgang, 45-year-old Tshering, could not make it to the event because of a roadblock.
The party’s vice president, Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, said that the party has wide range of professionals, including young graduates and educated farmers.
Besides doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, educationist, and media personnel, the candidates include five former parliamentarians and three government secretaries.
The youngest candidate is 25-year-old Yeshi Dem from Khamaed-Lunana constituency; the oldest is Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, 63, from Mongar constituency.
“Women constitute half the country’s population and to represent women, we tried to have more women candidates,” Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen said.
One of the five women candidates represented the party in 2013 election. The women candidates’ expereince include ICT, legislation, public health, social development, and a university graduate.
Of the 46 candidates, 12 candidates represented the party in 2013 elections.
Dr Lotay Tshering said there would be many who are better than the Nyamrup candidates both in terms of capabilities and efforts. “But in our humble ways, we come together understanding our country is far more important than politics.”
“DNT is about the team, not about individuals,” he said. “There are many challenges and an individual cannot solve all the problems; we have to work together.”
Dr Lotay Tshering said the third parliamentary elections in 2018 is crucial. To gauge a healthy trend of a democratic process is to ensure that opportunity is accorded to every political party that aspires to serve the people and the country to the best of their abilities.
“If we work towards aspirations of the people and wellbeing of the country, irrespective of elction outcome, we all win,” he said. “Here on, all the candidates should project and work as Nyamrup, together so that we give people hope and work towards their dream.”
Responding to a question on Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen’s court case, Dr Lotay Tshering said that the case had received unusual attention from the Office of the Attorney General.
“Whenever Dasho Sherub comes on media related to DNT, the case is brought up,” he said.
Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen said he is not worried about the case.
R e spo nding to a question about Nima Tshering’s case in Australia , Dr Lotay Tshering said that Nima Tshering was the party’s candidate from Doga-Shaba constituency in 2013 election. He said he resigned from the party and left for Australia for further studies. “Since then , he was never part of DNT. After he returned, we meet as friends , but politically he was never part of us,” he said. “He also never told us that he was interested to participate in 2018 election.”
Nima Tshering’s case is not DNT’s case, its an individual case, he added.