… including former NC members

Dechen Dolkar 

Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa (DTT) declared three candidates from Mongar, Sarpang and Gasa, yesterday.

The party declared Sonam Pelzom, 35, to represent Mongar constituency.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Dzongkha and Geography from Sherubtse College.

She worked as a teacher for five years and in 2018 she was elected as National Council member.

“Apart from her legislative experience and representing issues of interest to women and children, Sonam Pelzom will play a critical part in bringing the essential alternative perspectives on matters vital to our wholesome societal progress,” DTT press release stated.

The party has also declared Karma Jurmin Thinley, 53, as it’s candidate from Gelephu constituency.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics).  “He has an economic expertise and diplomatic links to fuel the nation’s economic dreams,” the party stated.

Before joining the party, he served as foreign service officer and diplomat in the foreign ministry, serving two terms in the Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium between 2019 and 2023. Before that he served in the embassy in New Delhi, India.

He was a civil servant for 30 years.

Dorji Khandu, 37, will represent the Khatoed_Laya constituency from Gasa.  He has a Bachelors in Engineering from Rangsit University, Thailand and double masters of Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and Business and Administration from University of Canberra, Australia.

He has expertise in civil engineering, with specialisation in water resources engineering and management.

Dorji Khandu was elected as National Council member in 2018.

Before partaking in the democratic process, he ran a herbal business and later, operated an engineering and construction company. He also worked as a radio jockey at Kuzoo.

With this, the party has declared 31 candidates including five women, for the upcoming parliamentary elections.