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Thimphu: North Thimphu

DNT

Dechen Wangmo

Age: 42

Experience: Cardiopulmonary/Public Health Specialist. 

Education: Master of Public Health  (Global Health Epidemilogy).

Describe yourself in three words.

Humble, Passionate, and Committed.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Long term “Innovative and Sustainable Investment” in 24/7 Clean and Safe Drinking water for All Thimphu Residents.

Building Business and community friendly “Smart and Green infrastructure” that enables progressive growth of enterprises and enhances good health, well being and happiness of North Thimphu, women, men and children.

Committed to developing the rural, peri-urban and urban constituency of North Thimphu into an exemplary region, defined by values of equity, empathy and driven by a robust and bynamic local economy.

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

First of all, we must applaud the world class election process of Bhutan. I am truly humbled and supremely inspired by the commitment and participation of the Bhutanese People from all walks of life – the candidates, organizers, media, youth, etc. This is a clear testimony of the sacred and inspiring founding values of our people and our nation.

I dislike the cynicism, the negativity and the brazen attacks during the elections, on the beautiful and inspiring qualities and values of the Bhutanese people and our beloved country.

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

Keeping ourselves focused and capitalising on the amazing potentials, intellectual capital, blessed qualities of a good human being.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

People should not vote for me as a person. They should vote for the values, potentials and qualities I represent – Empathy, Commitment, and Honesty.

I come from humble background, born and raised in Dechhencholing at a time when resources were scarce, income was low. I have experienced hardships. I have worked hard to get here with the simple mission to serve and take comfort and pride in doing good to others. This is my political mission.

I believe that no matter how tough and ugly the elections can get, this is still the sacred gift that we must cherish and use in the service of our Tsawa-Sum.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I will pray and reinforce my promise to serve the Bhutanese People and this great nation of our, with utmost dedication and loyalty to all.

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

Information, empowerment, transparency can never go wrong. This is the greatest exercise of empowerment and transparency in human history. Every government must support it in order to protect the expressions and views of the common People.  

DPT

Lily Wangchuk

Age: 46

Experience: Gender Specialist and Diplomat.

Education:  MA.

Describe yourself in three words.

Visionary, humanitarian, and principled.

Your priority for the constituency. 

I would like to focus on transforming Thimphu into a world-class capital city and on uplifting the prosperity of the highlands of Soe, Naro, Lingzhi, and Kawang Gewog. To transform our capital into a great example of a safer, healthier and more prosperous city, with opportunities for all, I will work on meeting the basic needs of people; bridge the gaps; enhance economic opportunities, create more self-reliant communities and create right conditions for people to pursue happiness. I will also work on improving the liveability of urban areas with better civic amenities, urban safety with more harmonious and happier environment.

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

The professionalism and commitment shown by the ECB officials and Dzongkhag officials in facilitating free and fair election.

Divisive politics that is creating disharmony amongst people in the country.

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

There are numerous challenges that include gaps related to development, income, gender and generation besides varied social issues. We have also done little to create favourable conditions for our people to live happier, healthier, and prosperous lives. Further, we are not any closer to economic self-reliance with thousands of youth unemployed and slow economic growth.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I believe I have the potential and abilities to make immense positive difference in the lives of my constituents and fellow citizens with my 24 years of work experience and in-depth knowledge of all the challenges and aspirations of the people.

I want to selflessly give myself up for the cause of people’s wellbeing, not for political power or personal gain. I also bring the voice of experience, a proven record of getting things done. And above all, I am genuinely committed to improving the well-being and creating favourable conditions for people to pursue a life of happiness as envisioned by our farsighted Monarchs.

I believe people should vote for me because I can be their effective voice, representative and servant. Above all, I deeply care for our well-being and collective future and will leave no stone unturned to ensure progress with equity and justice.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I will initiate North Thimphu Office through which research and public consultations will be carried out before implementing my pledges & 12th Five Year Plan.

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

Social media is a good platform for effective dissemination of information but it can be used by political parties to advance false messages and negative campaigns inciting fear, anger, resentment and greatly dividing the people.

 

 

 

Thimphu: South Thimphu

DNT

Lotay Tshering

Age: 50

Experience:  Consultant Surgeon and Urologist.

Education: MBBS, General Surgeon and MBA.

Describe yourself in three words.

Walk the talk.

Your priority for the constituency. 

I will focus on South Thimphu as much as I will focus on rest of the country.

For Thimthrom, I am serious about finding a solution to traffic congestion, substandard roads and water shortage. For one, we could relook into existing construction regulation. I am already imagining taller buildings, monorails and electric trams in Thimphu.

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

Like: I am very excited about the fact that we are offering “big” change, a paradigm shift in the developmental activities. Without the common people being happy and healthy, there is no way we can achieve self-reliance.

Dislike – One element that prevailed in all three parliamentary elections so far has been the mudslinging and electoral corruption. Nyamrup is partaking in the general election for the first time this year so you cannot blame us for that. All Bhutanese must prevent creating division along political, regional or religious lines. 

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

As a small, developing country, our biggest challenge is to strike a balance between our dependence on donor countries and our pursuit of self-reliance.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Nothing will progress without the willingness to change. We can achieve better outcomes only if we try out unconventional, out of the box ideas. Nyamrup offers that.

I have a team of committed people who will walk the talk.

Professionalise politics. That way, 2023 elections will be contested on a much higher pedestal.

The first thing you will do if you win.

After thanking the voters, we would like to get the manifestos of other parties and incorporate some of their pledges that will help fulfil our objective of narrowing the gap. Work hard to close the divisions in communities that politics have created. We will bring the nation together.

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

Social media can be beneficial if people use it constructively. Anonymous users fabricate information or create lies to pull down persons or parties. We invite criticism but he or she must come out first. But this too is a practice that prevailed since the first elections in 2008. Some forums on Facebook offer that platform to disparage individuals, make personal attacks and mock people.  I urge the learned minds of our society to log out of them. If you stop participating, these pages will die a natural death.

 

DPT

Kinley Tshering

Age: 41

Experience: AML Professional (Banking). Worked at RMA as personnel officer, credit officer at BoBL, and the manager of banking operation at Tashi Bank Ltd.

Education: BBA.

Describe yourself in three words.

Friendly, Honest, and Hardworking.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Water, Road, and Waste Management.

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

Like: I got an opportunity to offer my service to the people of my constituency; also to the nation, and this is what I liked about this election.

Dislike: Desperate ways of campaigning done by the DNT.

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

Debt problem is something that worries me. It is the biggest challenge of the moment.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am hardworking, honest, and friendly. If the people are looking for a leader without these qualities, then I am not the right person.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I will address drinking water problem, waste issue, and improve existing roads.

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

It is both.

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