Lhuentse dozngkhag’s youngest National Council (NC) contestant, 29-year old Tenzin Jurmey will contest against giants, four contenders aged between 36 and 50 in the upcoming National Council elections next month.

He is the first candidate from his gewog, Maenbi, to contest in the election. In an email interview, the entrepreneur and farmer said that it is a historic moment for the gewog to have someone to contest.

He secured 231 yes and 49 no votes during the recent gewog zomdu.

Jurme Tenzin, 36, from Kurtoe gewog is waiting for a tentative schedule from the returning officer to start his campaign.

“I am waiting for March 19, to file my nomination, and plan accordingly,” he said. He secured 177 yes and 7 no votes at the gewog zomdu.

With a message to the public to elect the best of the five, the incumbent member, Tempa Dorji, 50, from Jarey gewog said that he has understood the concerns of the public better.

He secured 159 yes and 17 no votes.

Khoma gewog’s candidate, Rinzin Rinzin (Phd), 49, who is contesting for the second time said that pressure from the people of seven gewogs urged him to re-contest.

Rinzin Rinzin secured 269 yes and 6 no votes at the gewog zomdu.

Gangzur gewog’s candidate, Kinga Penjor, 44, during the zomdu informed the public not to waste their vote by voting to a wrong candidate. He last worked as a producer with the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS).

He secured 255 yes and 28 no votes at the gewog zomdu. Gewog zomdu for Lhuentse began on March 1 and ended on March 8.  Of the eight gewogs, three did not have candidates while the remaining five had a candidate each.

Tashi Tenzin | Lhuentse