A former editor of Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), Phurpa Gyeltshen, will contest for the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Ramjar gewog in Tashiyangtse.

The 39-year-old from Gocha village worked with BBS for 13 years as a news reporter and an editor. He also worked as an assistant secretary for the Cabinet in 2004.

He has a Bachelors of Arts (Dzongkha) from Sherubtse College in Kanglung in 2003.

He started his schooling in Tashiyangtse and completed his higher education from Semtokha.

Phurpa Gyeltshen said that he would put efforts to fulfill the mandate of NC if he gets elected. “My knowledge and understanding of the existing laws would be an advantage.”

He said that laws should benefit the people and NC, as a house of review would play an important role in framing laws. “Law is the foundation of peace and harmony in the country. When we frame laws, we have to consult and get people’s view.”

He said that even if he cannot bring development directly, he can question concerned ministries on developmental issues.

Phurpa Gyeltshen said that NC, being apolitical is a good ground to start one’s political career and to understand people’s issues. “There are chances of family friction if we contest as part of a political party without any experience.”

He said that his experience in BBS helped him familiarise him with the government policies and issues better. “There is a big difference when you serve people working in BBS and as an elected representative.”

Phurpa Gyeltshen said that he hopes people will support him based on his experience and knowledge.

Karma Cheki