Inspired by his family, Ugyen Namgay, 35, from Mochu village in Sangbaykha, Haa resigned as a senior analyst from the office of His Majesty’s Secretariat to represent his community in the National Council.

The NC aspirant said it is also his childhood dream to represent the people of his community.

Ugyen Namgay has a Masters in Public Policy with specialisation in development policy from Australian National University, an international diploma in education planning and administration from the National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi.

He began his career as a planning officer with the education ministry in 2009 and became the personal secretary to the education minister.

He worked shortly with the Bhutan Broadcasting Service as a radio producer and as a temporary teacher at Chukha HSS for a year.

“My ultimate objective is to serve the Tsawa-Sum and people of Haa with humility. I am offering people of Haa with better choices so that they can take informed decision while voting,” he said.  “No candidate came forward for NC from the remote gewogs of Gakiling and Sangbaykha, in the past two terms.”

He said that people of remote gewogs feel that they need to be represented well and he believes he could take their dreams forward. “No other candidate can represent ordinary people other than me. That is why my motto this election is – an ordinary representative for ordinary people.”

The father of two said that several issues have to be addressed in Haa. “We need to bring in the service industry like tourism to enhance the income of people,” he said. “If I’m elected I wish to ensure that Haa preserves its culture and tradition.”

He said he would ensure balanced development through policy intervention and financial allocation. “Irrespective of the outcome of the election, I will continue to serve my community and the people of Haa.”

Tshering Palden