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Samtse: Dophuchen-Tading

DNT

Loknath Sharma

Age: 48

Experience: 17 years in RSTA as transport planner and regional head. International experience as a community worker.  Socio-economic consultant and community worker in Bhutan. 

Education: Masters in Economics.

Advanced diploma in community services.

Describe yourself in three words.

“Can do” attitude .

Your priority for the constituency. 

Agriculture development.

Health and education and make my constituency a producing economy from consuming economy.

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

Like: Everything. It is a wonderful experience.

Dislike: There is nothing I dislike.

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

Unemployment.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I have the experience and I am at the right age to serve.

I have been with people and listening to them.

I am interested in community and social services.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Revisit and thank them

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

It is an advantage because we use it to reach out to the people who are unreachable through meetings.

 

Samtse: Dophuchen-Tading

DPT

Thakur Singh Powdyel

Age: 59

Experience: Former Education Minister.

Education: Masters of Arts in Education, PGCS.

  Describe yourself in three words.

Caring, idealistic, results-oriented.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Dophuchen-Tading constituency recorded unprecedented, all-rounded development during 2008-2013. Much unfinished business remains yet. Infrastructure development, including roads, bridges, institutions and service delivery facilities, particularly for education and health; agriculture and income enhancement projects; building community vitality, among others.

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

I am deeply inspired by the commitment of the Bhutanese people who desire the future well-being of our country and people even in the face of many challenges. I am saddened and frustrated to see many instances of flagrant violation of the election code of conduct and total disregard for integrity accompanied by unrelenting obsession to win at any cost.

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

Growing signs of threat to our national unity and social harmony fuelled by vested interests. Even our excellent bilateral relations with friendly countries have not been spared. But I am a man of faith and hope and we will get to the sunnier side of the street, all the same.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

People know best. They can see sincerity, commitment, hard-work and integrity that have produced results they cannot miss. People realise that the country knows this candidate for who he is and what he feels about his country. They will choose the future well-being of our country rather than the short-term excitement resulting from populist extravaganza.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I will thank the people who will have followed my pilgrimage and pray to our guardian deities to help me fulfil my commitment to my constituency and my country.

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

Social media have been a mixed bag. There is unlimited potential in it to be a positive force that it has often been. I am alarmed at the negative energy that has been generated by people who don’t care about the impact of their reckless action on other people and the society. We can do better.

 

Samtse: Phuentshogpelri-Samtse

DNT

Ganesh Ghimiray

Age: 49

Experience: Entrepreneur. 

Education: Masters in International Hotel and Tourism Management.

Describe yourself in three words.

Hardworking, sincere and reliable.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Poverty alleviation.

Narrowing the gap.

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

Like: Opportunity given to talk in local dialect for 20 minutes.

Dislike: Gathering of people is not allowed during a door-to-door campaign.

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

Youth unemployment. It is a genuine problem. I am not saying for the sake.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Narrowing the gap for poverty alleviation, change will come and I offer selfless service.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Connect every village with road and make them all season road pliable for both small and large vehicles.

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

It is informative but it is also misleading with wrong information.

 

Samtse: Phuentshogpelri-Samtse

DPT

Kamal Dan Chamling

Age: 58

Experience: 15 years in Department of Forest, Freelance enviroment consultant. 

Education: Masters in Forestry.

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, understanding and intelligent.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Bring Samtse (dzongkhag) back to original glory. It needs development.

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

Like: 20 minutes time to talk to the people in local dialect during the common forum. People are happy that they understand what we have to offer.

Dislike: Low turnout at chiwog level common forum. People are still engaged in farm works. The turnout has slightly improved now.

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

Democracy is still gullible. Voters’ education is at its infancy state. Independent decision of people to vote will take time. People are easily influenced.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am experienced in both government and private organisations.

I am well educated and know what should be prioritised.

I am a no-nonsense individual and knowledgeable.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I want to thank the voters. I would like to go and meet them. I will assure them that I would live up to their expectations and I will live by it. I want to give them that trust.

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

It actually can serve you. It can cut you as well. It is a powerful tool.

 

Samtse: Tashichhoeling

DNT

Dil Maya Rai

Age: 45

Experience: Community based natural resources management, Social development, evaluation of programmes and policies.

Education: Masters in Development Management, Bachelors in Sociology.

Describe yourself in three words.

Hardworking, passionate and determined.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Revamp health system by constructing a general hospital in Sipsu.

Revamp medical services in all existing BHUs and reach the necessary services in all remote villages.

Farm roads are scary today and there is a need for renovation of the existing ones and connect those places that are not connected.

I am also interested in education but there is an immediate need to upgrade sports facilities such as Multi-Purpose Hall and gym. This will help young engage fruitfully while elders can stay fit and healthy. Lifestyle and non-communicable diseases need to be looked into with such facilities.

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

Like: This is an enriching experience. I am able to connect with people and feel part of this whole extended family. There was a time I hardly was in my village. Now I feel connected. I am thankful for this process.

Dislike: There are people trying to take advantage of this process. They deliberately try to put our pledges down and try to show them as bad and unachievable.

I am promising with full conviction that we can achieve what we pledge.

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

External debt. But we can overcome it. Managing debts can be taken care of by responsible management.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am a development expert and I can make projects that can monitor and evaluated.

I can make feasible projects and not white elephants

I bring a fresh breath of gender component into our leadership in the constituency as I am the first woman contesting. People can see the difference. With due respect to male participants, it is high time to see how a woman could deliver.

I am from a humble background and understand all walks of life.

The first thing you will do if you win.

As I am a development worker, I would go from village to village again to understand people’s needs more in depth.

Conduct socio-economic and feasibility study and chalk out the priorities based on the studies and give the priority.

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

It is more of a boon. It has benefitted me and I feel blessed. Even negative comments on social media are helpful.

 

Samtse: Tashichhoeling

DPT

Durga Prasad Chhetri

Age: 52

Experience: 18-19 years of experience in tourism industry, 10 years in a private company, Three years in a self-owned company .

Education: Bachelors of Science, PG Diploma in Information and Technology, Diploma in hotel and tourism management.

Describe yourself in three words.

Humble, honesty and integrity.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Alleviate poverty among people by using agriculture as a tool for a boon. Provide irrigation and drinking water.

Make it all weather farm roads and connect all places without connectivity.

Make sure each household has access to BBS channel and that they are informed.

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

Like: All rules and regulations. If people follow, there would be no fights and accusations and elections would be fair and free.

Dislike: People trying to convince through wrong methods and by showing wrong paths. We need to educate our people more.

 

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

Self-reliance. If we were self-reliant, we would strengthen our sovereignty and security of the country.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am a farmer’s son and I understand better what the problems are at the ground level. I can plough the field. I studied working on the roads.

There is not a single place I haven’t visited, nook and corner.

Culture and tradition is a binding force and I am going to work for that.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Revamp the agriculture sector and work towards poverty alleviation

Resolve drinking water, irrigation water, farm roads and youth unemployment issues.

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

It is a bane. There are fake accounts writing and mudslinging. Educated people are doing this. I haven’t seen it being controlled.

 

Samtse: Ugyentse-Yoeseltse

DNT

Dinesh Kumar Pradhan

Age: 59

Experience: 21 years as a principal, eight years as vice principal, three years as a teacher.

Education: Masters of Education.

Describe yourself in three words.

Sincere, love others and dedicated.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Roads and bridges as they are not good at present and hospitals.

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

Like: Speaking in local dialect in common forums and Question and Answer session allowed with people.

Dislike: Nothing.

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

Narrowing the gap. Rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

People should give experience to a new party.

Narrowing the gap is my main focus.

We prioritise hospital and medical services.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Provide good roads, bridges and medical services.

Our president has promised and I will follow up with him to fulfill them.

Immediately work on class X cut off point.

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

It is boon in many ways. People with good command on language benefitted while people with bad language did not benefit.

 

Samtse: Ugyentse-Yoeseltse

DPT

Lila Pradhan

Age: 55

Experience: Former Member of Parliament.  Planning officer of forestry services division.

Education: Bachelors in Commerce.

  

Describe yourself in three words.

Sincere, dedicated and approachable.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Maintenance of farm roads in all four gewogs.

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

Like: Speaking in local dialect in common forums.

Dislike: Party affiliation dividing people.

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

Youth unemployment.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Experienced as an MP.

Staying in villages for five years gave me a better understanding of people’s problems.

Approachable and work sincerely with dedication.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Thank the people of Ugyentse-Yoeseltse for believing in me.

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

Social media is a boon this election because it provided information.

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