Dechen Dolkar

Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa (DTT) yesterday revealed the names of three candidates from Samtse and Sarpang who will be vying for seats in the upcoming fourth parliamentary elections. 

These nominations signify the party’s on-going efforts to assemble a strong and diverse team to represent the interests of the Bhutanese people.

Subash Sharma

Tirtha Man Rai

One of the candidates is Tirtha Man Rai, who has been selected to represent the Dophuchen-Tading constituency in Samtse. At 36 years old, Rai brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Samste College of Education and began his career as a dedicated teacher at Gomphu Lower Secondary School in Zhemgang. In 2018, Rai’s commitment to public service was recognised when he was elected as a member of the National Council. Now, he seeks to continue serving his people in a new capacity, championing their interests within a specific constituency while contributing to the larger vision that shapes the country’s aspirations.

Subash Sharma, another candidate, will be contesting from the Phuntshopelri-Samste constituency. Aged 39, Sharma brings a diverse educational background to his candidacy, having earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Canberra in Australia. Prior to that, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Acharya Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India. Sharma’s professional journey began as a planning engineer for Tashi-Cell, where he showcased his strategic planning and organisational skills. With his nomination, Sharma aims to utilise his expertise to address the specific needs of his constituency and contribute to its growth and development.

Completing the trio of announced candidates is Damcho Gyetshen, who will be representing the Phuentsholing constituency. At 37 years old, Gyetshen brings a strong business background to his candidacy, backed by a master’s degree in Business Administration from Stamford International University in Thailand. Gyetshen’s career started as an administrative assistant with the Institute of Management Studies, from where he rose to become the Chief Executive Officer of Norbu International Wellness Institute and Norbu Healing and Arts Centre, showcasing his entrepreneurial spirit and leadership qualities. Gyetshen’s prior experience as a candidate in the fourth National Council elections highlights his dedication to public service and his commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of Bhutanese citizens.

These nominations bring DTT’s total number of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections to 34. Notably, three of the announced candidates are former National Council members, showcasing the party’s commitment to drawing upon seasoned leaders who possess a deep understanding of the political landscape and the needs of the Bhutanese people.