The People’s Democratic Party introduced two former dzongdags and a former member of National Council as party candidates yesterday. They replace current MPs of Chummig-Ura in Bumthang, Gelephu, and Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang in Tsirang.

Former Trongsa Dzongdag Sonam Rinchen, who has been in the civil service for the last 33 year, will stand from Chummig-Ura. Prior to his appointment as dzongdag, he served as the director for human resource department and department of occupational standards with labour ministry.

He will replace MP Tshewang Jurmey of Chummig-Ura.

Former Zhemgang Dzongdag Harka Singh Tamang will replace Gelephu MP Gopal Gurung. Harka Singh also served in the civil service for the last 34 years starting his career as a trainee officer in the erstwhile planning commission. He also worked as the executive secretary for Gelephu Thromde.

Former National Council member of Tsirang, Kamal Bahadur Gurung, will contest from Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang. He served in the civil service and corporate sector for 24 years. He will replace Yogesh Tamang.

“All the three candidates have vast experience having served long years in the civil service, holding important leadership position. Their experience, qualifications and leadership abilities have further added value to the party’s already talented pool of candidates,” a press release from the party stated.

With the declaration of three candidates, the party has introduced 24 new candidates within a span of less than a month.

The party claims that it has all 47 candidates and is expected to introduce a few more candidates. PDP currently hold 33 seats in the National Assembly.

Tshering Dorji