Know your candidate: Pemagatshel

Pemagatshel: Khar-Yurung

DNT

Ugyen Tshewang

Age: 58

Experience:  31 years in government service, Trashiyangtse dzongdag, Secretary of National Environment Commission

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Farm Animal Medicine and Production.

Describe yourself in three words.

Down to earth.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Efficient health services, Kuri-Gongri hydropower project, good farm roads, adequate drinking and irrigation water, modern agriculture farming and marketing.

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

Like: Participation in the nation building process.

Dislike: Introducing about my experience and achievements.

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

Democracy is still very young.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

My strong commitment to serve the Tsawa Sum, my 31 years of experience in government service and my humility.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Work on pledges.

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

Good so far

 

Pemagatshel: Khar-Yurung

DPT

Tshering Choden

Age: 45

Experience:  Six years as teacher, 13 years as principal and two years in business.

Education: Masters in educational leadership and management.

Describe yourself in three words.

Approachable, kind and determined.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Blacktopping of roads/farm roads, safe drinking water, mobile connectivity, BBS channel and farm shops.

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

I like the whole process except the corruption and harassment given to the people by some political parties. People are forced to vote for them and not given the right/freedom to vote for the right party.

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

Self-reliance, country’s sovereignty and security.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

DPT’s manifesto encompasses both long-term and short-term plans that well cater to the needs of the people and the country. DPT has the experiences of both ruling and opposition in the last 10 years, and I like to serve the people of my constituency and fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Blacktopping of farm roads and connecting those remote villages with farm roads.

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

Social media is a bane for me as it has created misunderstandings and distrust among political parties and party supporters. It has also misled innocent people from choosing the right party.

 

Pemagatshel: Nanong-Shumar

DNT

Pema Wangda

Age: 60

Experience:  Former labour secretary.

Education: Masters in Public Administration.

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, hardworking and dedicated.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Drinking water, farm road repair and maintenance, new roads to connect villages and reduce travel time and distance. Widen and blacktop Tshelingor to Pemagatshel highway.

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

Knowing the nooks and corners of the constituency and understanding people’s difficulties and their desires. The good or bad influences goshay gnenshays have on the simple folks. Simple villagers don’t seem to have minds of their own and they seem to be tagging the goshay gnenshays, which I find is not right for a healthy democracy.

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

Making the villagers understand that in politics that damtse to a particular party doesn’t work and that their allegiance needs to change with the change in circumstances.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

My party’s manifesto, which is for the nyamchung; my experiences in the civil service and governance and my maturity.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Call all my supporters and reaffirm my commitment to fulfil the pledges I made to them.

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

Neutral because I don’t depend on it knowing that majority of the voters in my constituency don’t have access to it.

 

Pemagatshel: Nanong-Shumar

DPT

Lungten Namgyel

Age: 34

Experience:  Department of immigration, MoHCA as immigration inspector for three years.

Education: BSc. Life Science.

  Describe yourself in three words.

Straightforward, tolerant and committed.

Your priority for the constituency. 

I don’t dream to make my constituency like the capital city within five years. We are still deprived of basic needs like water and shelter. My top priority in my constituency is to solve water problem and blacktopping of roads.

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

Like the fair conduction of election by ECB but little worried about fake news, which may weaken our young democracy.

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

To reduce the national debt.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

DPT has got good policies for both short-term and long-term development of the nation. It has a capable and experienced Party President. I am the right person for the people of Nanong-Shumar as a reliable, approachable, hardworking and dynamic candidate.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Meet the people of my constituency to remind them on the importance of unity as one nation, one people, and discuss and prioritise constituency development activities.

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

It is always a boon but it becomes bane sometimes due to its misuse.

 

Pemagatshel: Nganglam

DNT

Karma Dorji

Age: 42

Experience:  Founder of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, CEO of eDruk Consultancy, Telecom Engineer DrukNet, Bhutan Telecom.

Education: Masters of Information.

Describe yourself in three words.

Hardworking, passionate, and a thinker.

Your priority for the constituency. 

A good 50-bed hospital with facility for surgery and necessary equipment to check and diagnose most of the diseases. Sanam Gongphel project, where we would buy agricultural produce of our farmers. Would like to see class X pass students study upto class XII once they pass from class X, thus giving them more opportunities for a better future.

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

The one thing I dislike the most is when someone instead of focusing on their manifesto, criticise and have all the time to mislead people by cooking up stories to defame or make oneself look good. I like when somebody accepts there are more than one way of doing things.

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

The biggest challenge for the country, in terms of election, is having educated electorate who can analyse and make a sound decision. Most of the time it seems there are many fake and deliberately twisted stories and words, just to gain advantage and mislead people. Our educated voters are less and in urban places, and our rural populace is easily influenced, and mostly when religion and politics are mixed.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I strongly believe that people should know that it is time to change when things are not working anymore, and one should move with time and not stick to some good old pledges fulfilled earlier. I have always said that this time Nganglam should win, and for Nganglam to win, they should have their representative in the ruling party, not in the opposition. I am confident DNT will form the government this time.

I am a capable candidate and I can bring many positive changes to my constituency.

The first thing you will do if you win.

The first thing I will do is, reconcile, and mend the divisions that the election, party, candidates, supporters and voters would have created. We will work together with all and if possible compile good pledges of other parties that are good for the country and our people.

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

Social media is a good platform that I have used it positively. It is a boon for me.

 

Pemagatshel: Nganglam

DPT

Choida Jamtsho

Age: 53

Experience:  Auditor and two times Member of Parliament.

Education: Masters in Environmental Science.

Describe yourself in three words.

Simple, punctual and diligent.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Construct a good parking for trucks, buses and taxis in Nganglam.

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

Like – Transparent

Dislike – Rushing and not planned well.

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

Unemployment problem.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Experience, doable pledges, good vision and mission.

The first thing you will do if you win.

To fulfill the pledges and people’s aspirations.

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

Social media is boon.

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