Yeshey Lhadon 

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) yesterday declared a 35-year-old businessman, Tenzin Norbu as its Chhoekhor-Tang candidate for the parliamentary constituency bye-election.

Tenzin Norbu, a businessman for the last 11 years and married with two daughters is from Chhoekhor gewog in Bumthang.

Tenzin holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management and Tourism from the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich, Switzerland. He also has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Bangalore University, India.

The press release from the party says that Tenzin Norbu’s experience and knowledge in the tourism and hospitality industry, public relations management and the private sector would serve the citizens through a political platform.

“Politics must be an instrument of our national progress and point of convergence of our common aspirations for generations of Bhutan’” said Tenzin Norbu.

The party’s press release stated that for Tenzin, it is not the case of the return of the native. “It is rather the native of the native.”

The party’s release stated that he understood the issues, problems and collective aspirations of the people in his constituency since he has been living with the people for a long time.

Bumthang being the heartland of tourism, Tenzin Norbu believes that it holds great potential to upscale the country’s economic development through tourism. “His passion for this developmental vision makes him the right candidate,” the press release stated.

Tenzin Norbu joined DPT because of the party’s core mandate and visions. He said, “The party’s overreaching vision to achieve Bhutan’s economic self-reliance, anchored in the principle of equity and justice, rings aloud during unusual difficult times such as Covid-19 pandemic we are reeling under.”

The press release claimed that Tenzin Norbu is ready to embrace politics as a platform for public service and to serve the people of Chhoekhor-Tang constituency.

The official resignation of former OL and Member of Parliament from Chhoekhok-Tang constituency, Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) on September 7, created a casual vacancy.

As per the Election Act, section 580 states, “A member elected to fill a casual vacancy shall only serve for the remainder of his/her predecessor’s term of office.”

The ruling party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) is expected to declare its candidate for the bye-election after Thimphu Tshechu.

The ruling party DNT has 30 members while the DPT had 17 members in the National Assembly.