Besides providing wider choice to the voters of Tsirang, the level of experience puts another National Council aspirant from Tsirang, Damber Kumar Ghimiray in a comfortable position to understand public policies and their impact on people’s lives.

He said that as individuals responsible for law making, Members of Parliament are expected to be conversant in almost all public issues. Being a former journalist, he claims, is his strength.  “I’m also contesting to be able to participate in the country’s political process by being part of the House of Review – which plays an important role in deepening democracy,” he said.

Damber Kumar Ghimiray, 44, will contest from Gosarling gewog. He has almost two decades of work experience. He spent 16 years with the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation where he served as a news editor, reporter, programme producer and audience researcher. He also spent three years as a media consultant in a private consultancy firm.

The father of two has a Master degree in Communication Arts from Bangkok University and studied bachelors of Science from St. Joseph’s College in Darjeeling, India.

His experience, relation with the people of Tsirang, thorough understanding of the function of the Parliament of Bhutan and his widely travelled experience, are some of the merits Damber is banking on to land him a seat in the Parliament.

Another experience he has, which would pave his way towards the House of Review is that in the past, one of his responsibilities was to disseminate government policies and programmes to the people through radio and television. “There won’t be much difference in my responsibility and accountability,” he said.

To understand more about the issues in the dzongkhag and to familiarise himself with the people, he is on a familiarisation tour.

Nirmala Pokhrel | Tsirang