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Paro: Lamgong-Wangchang

DNT

Ugyen Tshering

Age: 53

Experience:  Former Parliamentarian, writer-documentarian.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate in Film Editing, Post Graduate in Television Studies.

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, humble, humane.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Youth have so much to offer, and harnessing their potentials is my top priority. Uncared for youth is an issue. Opportunities, space for expression and useful engagement will be natural lures against drugs, alcohol and other social ills. For this the government must support CSOs and NGOs to play a bigger part.

What I dislike about is the process being abused by a few to divide our small population and country. It hurts all of us.

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

I love writing human-interest stories. I like getting to know people from all walks of life and election provides that platform.

What I dislike about is the process being abused by a few to divide our small population and country. It hurts all of us.

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

To ensure that our youth have a bright future. We need to ensure they become responsible, productive citizens. After all they are our promise for the future.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Five years of legislative work experience. Contributed out of box thinking. Prevented architectural work of Pemagatsel dzong from being awarded to a foreign contractor. Good at interacting with counterparts and dignitaries from abroad.  With a media background, I am well abreast of all the happenings.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Let out a deep sigh of relief and get this heavy thing off my chest.

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

Social media is a tool, more like a knife in hand. I try to use social media to impart what little I know. I have been a regular writer posting on Facebook for over a decade.  If it was and is received with appreciation, it is a boon.

 

Paro: Lamgong-Wangchang

DPT

Phub Tshering

Age: 39

Experience: Served as Dzongkhag Tshogdu Chairman and Lango Gup.

Education: Bachelors in Economics (Hons).

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, down-to-earth, and approachable.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Safe drinking water, irrigation water, health and blacktopping of roads are some of the priorities for the constituency.

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

I like the fact that people are at the centre of the process as their issues are heard, based on which works would be implemented.

One thing I dislike is the fake rumours and news during elections whereby few Bhutanese people tend to forget their values.

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

I am concerned that because of different political views during such time, there may be discrimination and differentiation based on region or views, which could lead to social disintegration.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am well aware of the issues here in Paro through my experience.

I have worked at the grass-root level and I know the reality here.

I am hardworking and I can implement things meaning I can walk the talk.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Keeping the political differences aside, I would work together with everyone towards enhancing GNH. Whoever wins, I think what matters is that the candidate had been chosen for the entire people in the constituency. I would work with people to solve common issues.

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

I think it is both. It is bad, because lots of wrong messages and false rumours are on it. Good, because it helps people know about candidates’ manifestos and pledges.

 

Paro: Dokar-Shaba

DNT

Namgay Tshering

Age: 40

Experience: 14 years with health ministry as Senior Policy and Planning officer, Chief Programme Officer. National Professional Officer with World Health Organisation. 

Education: Masters in Public Health and PGD in gender mainstreaming.

Describe yourself in three words.

A man of action, selfless and optimistic.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Promotion of rural economy through improved agricultural and livestock production. Improved farm and feeder roads, and enhanced access to market for agricultural produce. Ensure 100 percent safe and reliable drinking water in four gewogs and 20 chiwogs along with enhanced access to quality, health and education facilities.

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

The election process provides us with the opportunity to interact and know more people, which I like.

I dislike that there are chances of some candidates’ vested interests to be the cause of communal disharmony.

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

At the moment, current public debt and shortsighted plans, programmes and policies which would affect continuity and sustainability.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Vote for change.

There have been no significant developmental activities in the constituency in the last 10 years.

Health, education and agriculture being the priority for DNT, I am in a better position to serve the people.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I will continue the programmes that the last two governments have started. I will also work towards 100 percent safe and reliable drinking water in the constituency. I would also work towards reviewing, upgrading, and establishing health centres in strategic locations to ensure easy access to quality and timely healthcare services.

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

It is both boon and bane for me.

 

Paro: Dokar-Shaba

DPT

Chencho Dorji

Age: 49

Experience: Former banker and former Member of Parliament.

Education:  Post Graduate in Banking and Finance.

Describe yourself in three words.

Sincere, passionate and honest.

Your priority for the constituency. 

To address water shortages for both drinking and irrigation and to explore an alternative market for cash crops.

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

I like the way the ECB and other constitutional institutions have been supporting this election.

I dislike unrealistic pledges that political parties made for the sake of winning votes.

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

Addressing youth unemployment and achieving self-reliance are I believe, some of the biggest challenges.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I hope the people will support the ideology and principle of the party and the role DPT has played in strengthening democracy.

I am passionate about what I have pledged for the constituency.

Change for the sake of simply changing the government is not    necessarily a way to strengthen democracy.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Immediately address water shortages and initiate projects to address youth unemployment.

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

I believe that social media is a reflection of how one conducts oneself and we must respect it.

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