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The party has so far announced five candidates 

A former civil servant, Tshering Dorji, 41, is Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) candidate for Gangzur–Menji constituency of Lhuentse.

Tshering Dorji will replace incumbent Karma Rangdol who will not be eligible to contest due to the age.

From Khoma village, Tshering Dorji worked for 13 years in the Economic and Environmental Statistics Division of National Statistical Bureau in Thimphu. He holds BA in Economics from PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University in India.

Tshering Dorji

Tshering Dorji

Tshering Dorji said that DPT’s principle of “equity and justice” motivated him to join the party. “Because of its holistic and pragmatic ideology, I firmly believe that DPT is the only party that stands in good stead to achieve our nation’s overarching goals of Gross National Happiness,” he said.

He said his personal interest in taking up politics is driven by his genuine desire to serve the people of his constituency. “In democracy, offering choices to the people is more important than winning the election and, therefore, I believe that I am a good choice for the people,” he said.

He said he joined the party also because of DPT’s “strong leadership”. He added: “Amongst the five registered political parties, DPT has experienced, competent and trustworthy leaders with proven track record.”

His decision to join DPT was reinforced by the party’s performance record of having achieved 98 percent of its campaign pledges during their term from 2008-2013.

Tshering Dorji is the fifth candidate DPT has announced for the 2018 elections.

The first candidate it announced was former Paro dzongkhag tshogdu chairperson Phub Tshering for the Lamgong-Wangcha constituency. The others are Wangdue’s Athang-Thedtsho’s Nim Gyeltshen, Tsirangtoed-Sergithang’s Kewal Ram Adhikari and Nyishu-Sephu’s Chimmi Jamtsho.

The party said it was “very comfortable” in terms of candidates.

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