Know your candidate: Trashigang

Bartsham-Shongphu

DNT

Tenzin Lekphell

Age: 53

Experience: Founder, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Institute of Management Studies, Civil service (17 years),

Armed forces (five years). 

Education: MSc in Agriculture development, BSc.

Describe yourself in three words.

Risk-taker, managerial, and organisational.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Improve cash income of the people by bringing in changes in agricultural practices, ensuring accessibility and creating market for farmers to sell their produce. Bring in better healthcare services to the people. 

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

Like: Meet a lot of people and understand their lives and challenges. Dislike: While you make new friends, you are bound to make competitors as it is the nature of political process.

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

Youth-related issues. Youth form the largest section of our population. If we do not given our youth the much needed attention and priority, we’ll have a bigger problem in the near future. 

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

This is my third attempt to represent my people and the country. 

DNT’s vision of narrowing the gap is a concern for people and the country. Health is a priority. 

The first thing you will do if you win.

Thank my colleague from DPT (Bartsam-Shongphu) for being together for the last two months and thank the people of my constituency.

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

A boon for it has enabled us connect to the mass and help us share our vision and ideologies. A bane because it give people a platform to cook up unnecessary things for no reason. 

DPT

Passang Dorji

Age: 40

Experience: Teacher at City University, Hong Kong, UNDP consultant, President of Journalist Association of Bhutan. 

Education: Doctorial candidate (PhD thesis on Bhutan’s relation with China and India).

Describe yourself in three words.

I am passionate.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Improve all existing roads and construct new ones. 

Farm mechanisation. Address human-wildlife conflict. 

Ensure easy and profitable access to market for farmers to sell their produce.

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

Like: Potential of Bhutanese democracy. 

Dislike: Political mudslinging. 

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

Economics Self-reliance. If there is no economic self-reliance, our security and sovereignty would be at stake. 

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

DPT’s vision for the nation. 

The guiding principle of equity and justice is resounding.

I’m ready to serve the people.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Thank people of Bhutan for supporting DPT.

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

It is a necessary evil.


Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong

DNT

Tenzin Namgyel

Age: 38

Experience: Journalist with Bhutan Broadcasting Service, Chief Reporter with Kuensel. 

Education: Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, Diligent, Passionate.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Multi-Disciplinary General Hospital in Kanglung. 

Cold Storage in Yonphula. 

Centre School in Bikhar. 

Blacktopping of road between Shingphurtoma and Udzorong gewog centre. 

Construction of Kadam Lhakhang in Khabti. 

Connect Pam, Rangshirkhar, and Samkhar with the gewog centre through a new road. 

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

Like: When people come forward to walk through path of young democracy. 

Dislike: Influencing voters with money. 

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

Doing away with hypocritical acts, combating corruption, and literacy for rural voters.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

Being able to understand rural issues. 

Realistic pledges. 

Willingness to serve the people. 

The first thing you will do if you win.

Execute the priority pledges.

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

It has been a boon so far.

 

DPT

Samdrup R Wangchuk

Age: 54

Experience: Dental Surgeon, Superintendent/dental surgeon, Gelephu Hospital, Head of Dental Department, JDWNRH, Consultant Orthodontist, Owner of a private practice. 

Education: Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of Dental Science.  

Describe yourself in three words.

Hardworking, sincere, dedicated.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Human wildlife conflict. 

Difficulty in gaining access to quality healthcare service, especially related to pregnancy and child care. 

Poor quality of chiwog and farm roads.

Difficulty in getting timber permit for house construction. 

Difficulty in finding ready market for farm produce.

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

Like: Opportunity to meet and interact with the rural people 

Dislike: The way people are misled and misinformed by different political parties with unrealistic pledges. More than pledges, in a nascent democracy, people need education on informed franchise, which I feel is hijacked.

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

Ever increasing dependency on external aid and false sense of wealth and wellbeing. This false sense of wellbeing leads to depending everything on outside aid, including skilled and ordinary labour, to the extent of hiring even housemaids. The immediate and emerging challenge is youth unemployment. Gainful youth employment will ensure a peaceful and prosperous Bhutan. 

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I deliver what is promise. 

I’ve the experience and as a son of a farmer I know the constituency. My pledges are achievable. I’m going to be their bridge, between the government and the people of three gewogs. 

The first thing you will do if you win.

Identify and set up a constituency office each for discharging my duties from the grassroots level. All the pledges will be prioritised, recommended from the local office for implementation. 

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

A boon. People from all walks of life got busy forming groups, discussing issues.  


Radhi-Sakteng

DNT

Dorji Tshering

Age: 39

Experience: Executive engineer with MoWHS for 13 years. 

Education: Masters in Civil Engineering, Bachelors in Civil Engineering

Describe yourself in three words.

Sincere, genuine, hardworking.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Gamrichu hydropower project and irrigation system.

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

Common forum is the better way but we still need to further redefine the electoral process such as appointing supporters and carrying out door-to-door campaign.

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

To educate the voters.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

To start the Gamrichu hydro power project. 

Solve irrigation water problems.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Solve the irrigation problem.

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

No comment. 

 

DPT

Tashi Dorji

Age: 33

Experience: Banker and International trade service. 

Education: Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Insurance, Major in Finance.

Describe yourself in three words.

Responsible, integrity, visionary.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Gamrichu hydro project. To support and promote national income and for regional balance. Make agriculture practice more affordable and practical for the farmers. Provide access to finance at low interest rates for the farmers to carry out agricultural practices. Mechanise farming along with 100 percent irrigation water supply. 

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

The purpose of election is to select the best government with capable candidates by offering a choice to the people with doable and achievable pledges. However, what we are doing today is going around begging for these opportunities. In order to get votes, political parties are trivialising the ministerial positions, which is not a healthy practice. 

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

Economic self-reliance. We have to invest in returnable projects such as hydro projects and tourism. DPT is keen and focused on investing in these projects rather than making unrealistic pledges that have no long-term vision for the future of the people and the country.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am in the party with farsighted vision and mission for the country and its people. 

Our president is experienced, dynamic, and people-centric. 

I am dedicated to serve the Tsawa-Sum with integrity.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Put in measures to initiate Gamrichu project and irrigation system. 

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

It is how one makes use of the platform that is available. Freedom of speech is a right given to every Bhutanese. But one should use the right responsibly. 


Thrimshing-Kangpar

DNT

Ugyen Dorji

Age: 32

Experience: Former diplomat and Journalist. 

Education: Masters in Public Policy.

Describe yourself in three words.

Audacious, empathetic, optimistic. 

Your priority for the constituency. 

Ensuring access to specialist healthcare services at gewog level is my top priority for Thrimshing constituency. Ensuring market access and reliable income source for farmers, blacktopping roads, and providing better facilities in schools are other priorities.

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

I like the opportunity to interact and communicate with hundreds of people. But I feel sad that politics is dividing people at the grassroots. 

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

Youth unemployment is the biggest challenge for the country. The future of our country will be at stake if we fail to address this challenge on a priority basis.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am passionate about serving the less fortunate in our society.  I have given up my foreign service career to pursue this cause. 

I represent Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which promises to narrow the gap between the rich and poor. 

It is important that a DNT comes to power this time for our democracy to become more vibrant.

The first thing you will do if you win.

I will tour my constituency and discuss with my constituents our plans for the next five years.  

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

It is a boon. I am able to reach out to people who I would not be able to meet otherwise. And connecting with as many people as possible is key to winning the elections, I believe.

DPT

Chenga Tshering

Age: 45

Experience: Dzongkhag Livestock Officer and Programme Director with agriculture ministry for 16 years. 

Education: PhD (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).

Describe yourself in three words.

Sympathetic, dedicated, religious.

Your priority for the constituency. 

I want to focus on making agriculture the most lucrative and preferred profession for farmers and educated youth through introduction of modern farming machinery in my constituency. 

The constituency has also good potential for tourism sector as communities have several feasible areas for trekking routes. 

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

I like the fact that more and more people are voluntarily taking part in the election process. This is a good sign of democracy getting better and stronger. However, the divisive approach by some candidates and supporters is a threat to the long-term survival of our fledgling democracy.

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

Youth unemployment.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

My experience of working with the rural people.

My expertise on policy and guideline formulation. 

My passion to serve my community.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Sit down with the people of my constituency and sort out the societal division that the parties have created among the supporters.

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

It is a boon provided it is used properly. However, it is proving to be a nuisance in our election process. If unchecked, it might even wreck our future election processes. 


Wamrong-Lumang

DNT

Jigme Wangdi

Age: 29

Experience: Teacher at Gomdar Central School. 

Education: Bachelors in School Education.

Describe yourself in three words.

Considerate, Empathetic, Passionate. 

Your priority for the constituency. 

I have always wanted to spend most of my time visiting villages so that I am able to know what people need.

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

Like: Getting to know people and spending time with them. I feel like I can understand them more. 

Dislike: I do not like the part money plays.

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

The biggest challenge for the country as we all know is the youth unemployment problem. 

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I wanted to represent the Lt. Dr. Dorji Wangchuk and pay my tribute for his great work. Moreover, I have always had this passion to help the needy and poor. I am trustworthy and responsible person.

The first thing you will do if you win.

If I win the election, I will work to achieve my promises. I will first start with the roads, lhakhangs, and schools.

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

As advantageous as it seems, social media carry a bitter pill. Social media help me reach the unreached and give me a lot more chance to convince and pay gratitude to my people near and far. Yet, sometimes people behind the facades do try to disgrace and demean our honest and sincere assurance.

DPT

Karma Thinley

Age: 46

Experience: Educationist.

Education: Masters in leadership and administration. Humphrey fellow 2010-11. 

  Describe yourself in three words.

Focused, amicable, team worker.

Your priority for the constituency. 

Road and employment.  

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

Like: Increased participation.

Dislike: Indulgence in spreading unfounded fear.

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

Economic development.

Three reasons why people should vote for you.

I am receptive. 

I’m a team worker.

I understand my constituents.

The first thing you will do if you win.

Consult people about their needs and priorities.

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

It is a blessing; it helped us spread our message clearly and deliberately. 

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