With the latest batch of eleven candidates launched by Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) covering almost all regions, the party has now confirmed 33 candidates in total and will release the remaining candidates soon.
“The remaining candidates will hopefully be released in the next one or two weeks,” said DCT President Lily Wangchhuk.
Tenzin Thinley (42)
A former Royal Bhutan Army officer and also a recipient of Drakpoi Khorlo (gallantry medal) from His Majesty the Fourth King for his selfless contributions during the Operation Flush Out in 2003 will contest as a DCT candidate from Chhokor-Tang constituency in Bumthang.
He was motivated to join DCT because of the party’s concern for the youth, particularly the underprivileged ones. “One of the main visions of DCT is youth empowerment, which is close to my heart,” he said. “I will work hard to make the hopes and the dreams of many unprivileged youth across the country possible.”
Tenzin attended the young officer’s course, commando course and also advanced data processing course in India. He graduated from the National Defence Academy in Pune in 1997. In 1998 he attended a one-year military course at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.
Tshering Phuntsho (31)
With an experience of six years in the private sector, , he will contest from Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangduephodrang.
With a Bachelors Degree in Commerce he joined DCT upon the request of the community from his Constituency and motivated by the party’s leadership and the country’s first female president.
Tshering Phuntsho shall work towards “bridging the gap between haves and the have-nots, and uplifting the living standards and wellbeing of rural communities.”
Tej Bahadur Rai (33)
DCT has fielded him for Dorokha-Tading constituency in Samtse. He went back to his village to work as an educated farmer after his graduation with Bachelors in Commerce seven years ago.
He decided to return to his village to lend a helping hand to his old parents. “I will not call myself unfortunate for not being able to join the government service like everyone else,” he said. “I have spent so much time in my village helping my parents and community, it has given me a lot of fulfillment.”
This rural experience, he said, taught him about the difficulties faced by rural folks. Tej Bahadur Rai was inspired by the party’s focus on low and middle-income groups, the poor, marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society.
Dhan Bahadur Tamang (34)
He , is DCT’s contender from Patalay-Tsirangtoe constituency in Tsirang. Born and brought up in Tsirang, he has spent all of his life in Tsirang and knows every nook and corner of his village. After his graduation he has been running his own construction business for the last six years.
“I believe in the cause of the common people,” he said. “I would put in my heart and soul to improve the living conditions of our people at the grassroots and be their voice.”
He believes that the party will lead the country toward better and greater change.
Kencho Tashi (29)
DCT’s candidate from Nubi-Tangsibji, hopes to put his leadership skills to test at the national level.
With a Bachelors Degree in Computer Applications, Kencho Tashi resigned from a private firm to join DCT. “I am daring to do something bigger in life and I am confident that I can do it,” he said. “As a young person, I want to channelize all my energies in being the voice for the youth, improving people’s lives and taking development to backward communities.”
Kuenga Tenzin (34)
Having completed his Bachelor Degree in Arts and with more 11 years of experience in tourism industry Kuenga has joined DCT to contest from Sombaykha constituency in Haa.
“I was inspired by His Majesty’s National Day address and therefore I decided to join politics to work for the larger interest of the nation,” he said. “My main priority will to be boost the private sector growth and create enabling environment for economic development.”
A graduate of RVS College of Arts and Science in Tamil Nadu, India, Kinzang, is DCT’s candidate from Kabji-Talo constituency in Punakha.
““As a woman candidate, I will focus on women empowerment, providing alternative livelihood opportunities for rural women and encouraging women to take a lead role in nation building,” she added.
She believes that for Bhutan to truly progress, the yawning gaps between the rich and poor must be bridged with conducive policies. .
Sonam Tshering (25)
Will run from Bji-Katsho-Eusu in Haa for DCT.
Having worked in the tourism industry since his graduation, he has travelled across the country and interacted with diverse sections of the rural populace. He also claimed to have vast knowledge about the various iconography of Bhutan.
“I want to focus on preservation and promotion of our rich tradition and culture,” he said. “Bhutanese culture must be promoted through new technologies that are available today lest we face the danger of losing it forever. Therefore, DCT has placed high importance to the promotion of our culture and tradition.”
Tenzin Jamtsho (26)
Motivated to join politics by the DCT’s young and dynamic candidates, he is the party’s candidate from Panbang in Zhemgang. He has a Bachelor in Science (IT) graduate from Rathinavel Subramaniam College of Arts and Science.
“I can be the voice of the youth,” he said. Coming from a humble family background, he says, he understands the grassroots realities very well. “Many people in the grassroots struggle to have a decent meal, forget about comforts and luxury. I will endeavor to improve the wellbeing of these vulnerable people.”
Jigme Wangchuk (28)
Disappointed with the glaring inequalities in the society, Jigme joined politics to be part of the decision-making process. He is DCT’s candidate from Radi-Sakteng constituency in Trashigang.
Jigme did his degree in Bachelors in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College, India.
“I believe DCT’s strong belief and ideology will benefit the poor in both rural and urban areas in the country,” he said. “Personally, as a young man, I am interested in youth issues, unemployment problems, rural-urban migration and rural development. I am energetic and motivated to serve the people.”
Kinzang Choden (28)
She is DCT’s candidate from Nyisho-Sephu constituency in Wangduephodrang. After graduation, she worked as an IT Instructor at a private firm.
“DCT has given an equal opportunity to both men and women to prove themselves and to serve the nation,” she said. “I would like to prove myself too. I want to set an example to women in the county and also motivate them to take up leadership roles.”
Her main focus, she said would be helping the underprivileged, supporting women and promoting happiness. “DCT offers platform to humble hardworking people. DCT’s president is a role model and I am inspired to follow her footsteps.
Meanwhile, DCT is holding its party convention today in the capital with representatives from all 20 Dzongkhags. The party will elect its president, office bearers and executive committee members and the party charter will also be tabled for endorsement as partial fulfillment of the election commission’s requirements to contest in the 2013 elections.