Know your candidate: Gasa

Gasa: Khamaed-Lunana

DNT

Yeshey Dem

Age: 25

Experience: Public Relations Assistant.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature

Describe yourself in three words.

Confident, brave and persistent.

Your priority for the constituency. 

People come first for me and my priority would be to respect their belief and consider change in government plans if it is against the culture and superstition of the community, especially while undertaking infrastructural development. Health is at the basic level in my constituency and improving health service is my priority.

One aspect you like and dislike in the ongoing election process? 

Like: In other constituencies I heard about candidates spying on one another and focused on competing against each other. It is different here with the candidates in my constituency. We are both young and respect each other. This gained us praise from the people saying the election process is fair in the constituency.

Dislike: Defamatory remarks and spreading of rumors occurring mostly on social media is not enriching. However, I feel that this happening on social media has no influence in my community.

What according to you is the biggest challenge for the country?

Electing new party is the biggest challenge according to me. People trust old party over strong and new party. If not for the young contender this election, it would have been challenging to contest against experienced candidates.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am the first woman from Gasa to contest in an election and I feel that people should vote for me, for a change and to open opportunities for woman and youth in the future. I was born and brought up in the community and I am the best person to understand the hardship and issues of the people.

I aspire to gain trust of the people by representing them with my best ability at the parliament.

The first thing you will do if you win.

At the nation level, the party pledged to launch SuungjoenApp and free wi-fi points and that would be delivered within first 120 days. My constituency is in need of good road condition and I will focus on enhancing the road connectivity in my constituency.

Social media, a boon or bane in this election for you?

I see both positive and negative sides of social media this election. The real account user showed support and appreciation while anon account users defamed and pass hate speech. The spread of fake news on social media is a major setback this election process.

 

Gasa: Khamaed-Lunana

DPT

Dhendup

Age: 26

Experience: Graduate

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies

Describe yourself in three words.

Dedicated, trust worthy and punctual.

Your priority for the constituency.

For Khamed I have to focus on road maintenance and my priority for Lunana is electrification.

One aspect you like and dislike in the ongoing election process? 

Like: It is an opportunity for us to get experience and interact with different people.

What according to you is the biggest challenge for the country?

The biggest challenge is youth unemployment.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am the only one who understands the lifestyles of highlanders.  I have the experience of hardships staying in Lunana and Khamed. I feel that I will be able to serve my constituency with full dedication.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I would like to get back to people and thank them for the support if I win this election. And the first thing that I would like to do for the people of Lunana is to try my best to connect them with electricity.

For Khamed gewog I would like to focus on enhancing agricultural products to help people realize self-reliance and independence.

Social media, a boon or bane in this election for you?

Social media has both pros and cons, so I could say that it should be used by the society as per the rules and regulations of Election Commission of Bhutan during election period.

 

Gasa: Khatoe-Laya

DNT

Tenzin

Age: 36

Experience:  Community Social Worker

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Hons), Buddhist Literature

Describe yourself in three words

I am social worker and friends of all. I am concerned about their health.

Your priority for the constituency 

My priorities for the constituency are to improve health facilities (upgrade Gasa BHU-I to district hospital with doctors and all operation equipment.  Laya BHU will be upgraded to BHU -I with one high altitude specialist and all equipment like ultrasound and blood test, etc. Mini BHU in Loongo Chiwog).

Better Road to Laya and towards Lunana, black top dzongkhag road from Punakha to Gasa.

Start trekking routes from Gasa to Lingzhi and develop new Gasa town.

One aspect you like and dislike in the ongoing election process? 

Election was smooth and there is nothing I dislike about the election process.

What according to you is the biggest challenge for the country?

The biggest challenge in the country is huge loan in hydropower sector before completing ongoing projects. Health services in remote areas need to improve since their lives are equally important.

Three reasons why people should vote for you

People should vote for me for an improved health services for all and also for the development of Gasa and Laya.

I have 10 years of experience working in gewog as administration officer. I also worked as social worker, which benefited them, and I wish to continue my humble service. For a better service, they will vote for the President, Lotay Tshering and me.

The first thing you will do if you win

I will improve health and road conditions and also open new trekking routes for the benefit of Khatoed – Laya constituency. I will Tsa-Wa-Sum with my best ability.

Social media, a boon or bane in this election for you?

The impact of social media depends on how we use and how we handle it. It benefitted me in this election process.

 

Gasa: Khatoe-Laya

DPT

Changa Dawa

Age: 25

Experience: Assistant Secretary

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature

Describe yourself in three words

Loyal, dedicated, and hardworking.

Your priority for the constituency 

My priority can be summed up as infrastructural development since my constituency is a remote part of Bhutan. The first thing when I think of development in my constituency is to bring road connectivity from Gasa to Laya.

One aspect you like and dislike in the ongoing election process? 

Like: Now people are more aware and they try to make conscious choice while voting.

Dislike: I cannot say that I dislike anything in this election process. For me, everything is done well and organised.

What according to you is the biggest challenge for the country?

As a youth myself, one of the biggest challenges is youth unemployment.

Three reasons why people should vote for you

The first is that, I can enhance youth representation in the Parliament and bring out youth related issues through my knowledge and experiences. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is a political party with lot of knowledge and it would be great if I get to represent the party in the parliament. I believe I can serve my people with utmost dedication and hard work.

The first thing you will do if you win

Continue the road construction from Gasa to Laya so that people travelling to Laya can travel in ease since Laya has higher population.

Social media, a boon or bane in this election for you?

I cannot say much because I see both positive and negative sides to it. For me, I haven’t used social media as a platform to promote my party or myself.

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