Neten Dorji | Trashigang

In a significant move ahead of the fourth parliamentary elections, the Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa (DTT) has made a momentous announcement, unveiling the names of three candidates hailing from east of the country. 

Among the candidates, Lhatu stands out as a seasoned parliamentarian who has been chosen to represent the Wamrong constituency in Trashigang. Lhatu brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the political landscape.

Lhatu had previously contested elections in 2008 as a candidate of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT). Following a five-year hiatus during which he worked for Mountain Hazelnut, Lhatu made a return to politics in 2018, serving as a parliamentarian. 

Lhatu cited the party’s expertise and ideology as significant factors that he believes will greatly benefit the people and the nation as a whole.

Sonam Phuntsho will contest from Bartsham-Shongphu constituency in Trashigang. His candidacy is enriched by a diverse range of experiences in the fields of travel, horticulture, and tourism. Sonam aims to inspire and empower the nation’s youth, urging them to actively engage in decision-making processes.

Tshering Norbu is poised to represent the Jomotshangkha-Martshala constituency in Samdrupjongkhar. Having served as an agriculturist across four dzongkhags for over two decades, Tshering says he is uniquely equipped to champion the cause of the rural communities, which constitute nearly 60 percent of Bhutan’s population and play an indispensable role in the country’s agricultural sector.

Highlighting the significance of the announcement, the party said that the selection of two candidates from Trashigang ensures that all five constituencies in the district have been accounted for. 

With a total of 39 candidates now revealed, including five women, DTT officials expressed their satisfaction with the progress made thus far. 

The party is yet to declare candidates for the Gangzur-Minjey constituency in Lhuentse and the Nganglam constituency in Pemagatshel.

“While we have already announced candidates for the majority of constituencies, deliberations are still underway for eight seats,” a party official said.  

The official, underscored the ongoing meticulous selection process aimed at ensuring that the most competent individuals are chosen to represent the DTT in the forthcoming elections.