The north Thimphu candidates of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have begun wooing voters through the common forum platform organised by the election commission with the first one held at the RNR centre in Kawang gewog.
The bye-election to fill the North Thimphu seat is scheduled for November 4. The north Thimphu seat became vacant earlier this year after the current DPT MP Kinga Tshering had to resign to pursue short-term studies abroad.
First to address the overwhelming crowd of voters at Kana gewog was DPT candidate Kezang Wangmo, 26. She pledged to resolve various issues related to youth unemployment, drinking water shortage, local area plans, education, electricity etc. For Kawang Gewog, she stressed on the enhancing road access and black-topping and build other necessary infrastructure.
Kezang Wangmo graduated from the Royal Thimphu College in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in English and EVS and has since then worked in a private firm. She was as DPT’s North Thimphu candidate after the previous candidate Chencho Nidup withdrew.
PDP’s candidate Tshering, 33, began by thanking the people who gathered to attend the common forum and briefly shared the party’s ideology on power to the people. Tshering said that being born and brought up in the gewog and coming from a humble family he is well aware of the problem faced by the people.
He pledged to improve the road from Pangrizampa to Kabesa and ensure that every home has enough drinking water. He also pledged to open a one stop information center to guide youth in finding better jobs and other opportunities saying that most of the youths lack guidance.
“The information center would serve as assistance in finding them jobs pertinent to their skills and qualification” Tshering said. With such center at place, he pledged to promote full employment and find employment opportunities areas.
Tshering also said that if he got elected he would bring tremendous change in the gewog because he would be from the ruling party, which had the advantage in resolving issues promptly.
Tshering said that his party got an opportunity to serve as opposition party and now it is serving as a ruling party and so therefore people can judge its potential in taking the nation forward.
Tshering graduated from Chennai University in India and contested for a seat in the NC in 2013. Prior to that he worked with Bhutan Broadcasting Service for three years.
The poll day for the by-election for Thimphu Thromde_Kawang_Lingzhi_Naro_Soe Demkhong is set for November 4.