Dechen Dolkar 

Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa (DTT) declared Mani Kumar Ghalay as its candidate from Tashichholing, and Deo Raj Galley from Ugyentse-Yoeseltse in Samtse, and Jampel Dorji from Sombaykha Constituency yesterday.

Mani Kumar Ghalay, 48, served as the Election Commission of Bhutan’s Chief Planning Officer, before resigning this year, after 22 years, to join DTT.

In his 16 years with ECB, he was mostly responsible for crafting plans and policies for the ECB and drafting the agency’s 12th Plan.

Before joining ECB, he taught Bio-Chemistry at Nganglam High School and Samtse Higher Secondary School.

Mani Kumar Ghalay holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, USA and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Samtse College of Education.

Deo Raj Ghalley, 47, resigned from Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), this year after working there for 20 years. He was the chief research officer for the Macroeconomic Research and Statistics department of the authority.

Deo Raj served 14 years in the RMA’s Foreign Exchange and Reserve Management department.

He has a Master of Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands and a BA Honours in Economics from Sherubtse College in Kanglung.

Jampel Dorji, 35, worked for more than 10 years in the tourism and hospitality sector. He served for more than five years in the hospitality industry in Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai. Before that, he worked in the tourism sector within the country.

Jampel completed his college with a degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Administration from Indra Gandhi National Open University, an academic pursuit he took straight after graduating high school from Good Shepard Institute of Hospitality Management in Kalimpong.

So far DTT has declared 18 candidates.