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There is only one female gup candidate as of yesterday

Nim Dorji | Trongsa

Election officials in Trongsa completed the dhamngoi zomdu in four gewogs as of yesterday evening.

The dhamngoi zomdu in Drakteng gewog started yesterday and will be completed by November 15.

From the four gewogs of Nubi, Tangsibji, Langthel, and Korphu, 15 gup candidates were nominated. Two former gups of Tangsibji and Nubi could not qualify through the dhamngoi zomdu.

Former Nubi gewog mangmi, Pema Lhamo, is the only female candidate amongst the 15 male candidates nominated for gup post. In the chiwog zomdu, she won against a former Nubi gup.

Nubi gewog has four male gup candidates, including a former teacher and a graduate.

The candidates are Sonam Penjor, who is a former teacher, from Bemji-Chela chiwog, Sonam Rinchen from Bji-Semji chiwog, Sangay Younten from Bagochen-Weeling chiwog, and Zungchuk from Daba-Simphu chiwog.

In Tangsibji gewog, the former Tangsibji gup lost in the dhamngoi zomdu of Tangsibji chiwog to another former gup, Jigme Namgyel.

The gewog has two candidates. The other candidate is Pema Namgyel from Tshangkha chiwog.

Of the six gup candidates in Korphu gewog, four were nominated, including two university graduates. Former Korphu gup Sangay Khandu was also nominated in the dhamngoi zomdu.

Sonam Jamtsho from Nabi, Karma Lotey from Korphu Toed, and Kinley Dorji from Korphu Maed are the other gup candidates.

The lone female gup candidate from the gewog could not qualify through the nomination process.

Former Langthel gup Sonam Dendup will contest with three other candidates.

The gewog also had six aspiring gup candidates, but only four were nominated. The candidates are Rinzin Wangchuk from Baling, Pema Tashi from Dangdung, and Gem Dorji from Langthel.

Meanwhile, a former tshogpa from Korphu gewog said more educated youths are showing interest in taking part in the local government election.

He said people from his community encouraged him to contest, but he did not as he felt it is time to allow educated youths to serve the community. “I served as an LG member for 15 years.”

He said some youth are contesting because it’s difficult to get a job. “LG remunerations are high and that attracts more candidates.”

Edited by Tashi Dema

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