DCT reveals 15 more candidates

The Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) has announced 15 more candidates and with this the party has publicized 22 candidates in total.Earlier the party had revealed seven candidates.

The current crop of candidates are mainly young with most of them in their late 20s.


Namgay Om, Educationist

Veteran educationist, Namgay Om, 55, is DCT’s contender from Dremetsi-Ngatshang constituency in Mongar.

With 28 years of experience in the government service, mostly in the education sector, Namgay Om also headed the Royal Education Council (REC), Royal Institute of Management (RIM), Paro College of Education and served as principals of various high schools during her career.

Namgay Om has a Master’s degree in education and Master’s degree in Public administration as well.

As an educationist, education is an issue closest to her heart. “I have been part of the Bhutanese education system since I began my career as an English teacher in 1979 and I humbly believe that I have positively contributed in educating generations of Bhutanese students,” she said.

She added, “Even as a politician I would continue to contribute to the development of the education system in the country, which is by far one of the most critical sectors in the country.

Namgay Om will also prioritize women empowerment, youth unemployment, and social issues that continue to plague Bhutanese Society.



Hem Kumar Ghalley

He is among the youngest of DCT’s candidates and a software programmer to contest from Phuentsholing Throm constituency.

He said, “My youth is my strength” and he wants to set an example and encourage young people to join politics and take leadership roles.  He added saying “So much importance has been given to youth by our kings and leaders, and I feel obliged to live up to their expectations.”

He wants to focus on youth issues like unemployment problems, crime, drugs and rural-urban migration. He feels that these issues are interconnected and interrelated.

He has a bachelors in Computer Application from Royal Thimphu College (RTC).



Tenzin Lhamo

With a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford International University, Thailand, Tenzin Lhamo is DCT’s candidate from Gangzur-Minjay constituency.

With her experience in research and marketing consultancy, Tenzin Lhamo joined DCT because of her sense of appreciation for the party’s philosophies and leadership of its President Lily Wangchhuk.

Inspired by her party president, as a woman and a leader and by her story to join politics, she said as a woman, “We can do so much more for the good of the people.”

Tenzin Lhamo’s top priorities are women empowerment and education. “Bhutanese women deserve more, in terms of respect and rights. With right policies and education, we can change the discriminatory mindset and culture towards women and I believe in equality between genders and hope to push for it,” she said.


Pushpa Raj Humagai From Ugyentse-Yoeseltse constituency, 54 years old Pushpa Raj Humagai brings along many years of experience in public administration and planning. The DCT candidate from Samtse has a Master’s degree in development planning and a Bachelors degree in Economics and political science.

He served as the Planning Officer and acting Dzongrab in Chukha dzongkhag from 1987 to 1991. He also worked as a Planning Officer in Thimphu Dzongkhag as well and HRD Project Coordinator with the erstwhile Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Later he started his own private company in 1999.

With decades of working experiences both in government as well as private sector and years of knowledge, he said, “Now I feel it is time to give back to society in whatever way I can.”

“I believe my planning background and experience on rural realities would best suit me to represent their interests and present their issues, pertaining especially to their development concerns,” he said.


Pema Lhamo

The 29 year old DCT representative from Lingmukha-Toewang constituency believes Political power is a means to uplift people’s wellbeing and not an end in itself.

She has a degree in B.com and for the last five years, she worked with the Buddha Project and Royal Education Council (REC).

Pema Lhamo said she joined DCT for two reasons, firstly because a dynamic woman president is leading the party and secondly because, the party’s collective vision is to create a united, prosperous and harmonious society.

“There is so much that needs to be done and I am confident that DCT will certainly make a huge difference in people’s lives,” she said.

Her particular interest lies in promoting rural prosperity and wellbeing.



Samten Lepcha

DCT’s candidate from Pagli-Samtse constituency is 31-year-old entrepreneur Samten Lepcha who has been doing business for five years.

He is a B.com graduate and he decided to join politics to seek a bigger platform to serve the people and the country.

“As a businessman, most of the time, we tend to focus too much on our venture, forgetting that there are bigger callings in life,” he said. He chose to join politics thinking that he could do something for the people.

A person who draws inspiration from His Majesty the King, Samten Lepcha said given an opportunity, young people can do a lot to make a difference and “I strongly feel that youth must play a pro-active role in the decision-making process,” he said.

His main priority would be youth empowerment through right skills and jobs, incentives to encourage entrepreneurial culture, and promoting youth involvement in decision-making at the highest levels.



Rinzin Lhamo

DCT’s candidate from Drujeygang-Tseza constituency, Dagana is Rinzin Lhamo, 27 hopes to put her leadership skills to test at the national level.

A very confident, young woman, Rinzin Lhamo said that some may judge her decision to join politics as a suicide mission but she takes it as a solemn responsibility to work for the betterment of the country and people.

Rinzin Lhamo has a Bachelors degree from Sherubtse College and she has served as a girl’s councilor in the College. Today she wants to take this to altogether to another level.

“I am daring to do something bigger in life and I am confident that I can do it. It’s simply not fair to judge people by their age,” she said.  She believes in the strength of being woman and a youth and can contribute positively to Bhutan’s progress.

Her core issues are rural development, youth and women empowerment.


Khem Raj Pokwal

Having lived most of his life in the grassroots he now wants to promote a higher level of grassroots participation in the national decision-making process.

The party candidate from DCT for Gelephu constituency prior to his political venture was running a small business, exporting oranges during mandarin season in winters, after his bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

“I have learnt a great deal as a small time businessman in my constituency in the past few years and now I would like to bring up grassroots issues for discussions at the national forum,” he said.

He said the benefits of economic growth must trickle down to the grassroots level. “In the end, it’s the people who must benefit,” he said.



Sonam Yangzom

A B.Com graduate who has worked in the hotel and hospitality industry for four years and as a contract teacher for two years, Sonam Yangzom is DCT’s candidate from Chumey-Ura constituency in Bumthang.

She joined DCT because of the party’s beliefs and ideology. Having a woman as party president further fuelled her interest, she said.

The most important issue for her is redefining the education system though radical changes in the curricula.

She said that the unemployment problem in the country, mainly owing to mismatch of skills and jobs available, has mostly to do with the flaws in the education system.

“Our education system has remained rigid while the economy and the job market are constantly in a flux. We need to produce graduates not only with the right outlook toward life but also with professional skills,” she said.


Sonam Choden

DCT’s Bumdeling-Jamkhar constituency candidate in Trashiyangtse is Sonam Choden, a BA Sociology graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women in India.

Sonam Choden is motivated by her party’s president Lily Wangchhuk to join politics at a young age. She is a young, dynamic leader with a farsighted vision for the country, she said. “I was deeply inspired by her and the party’s ideals to work toward a united, happy and prosperous Bhutan.”

As a youth, she wanted to be a crusader against several youth issues that plagued the country, “I understand the problems of the youth and I will be able to explicitly raise the concerns of the youth,” she said.

She will be up in arms against political bigwigs from other parties but that does not deter her. “I am confident of making my voice heard. I am genuine in my intention. I may be young and may not have experience but I have the conviction to serve the people and make a difference,” she said.


Sherab Choden

With a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Madras University in India and later an English teacher at Dzongkha Development Training Institute in Bajo, Sherab Choden, 27, is DCT’s candidate from Deothang-Gomdar constituency in Samdrup Jongkhar.

She said, “Chirwang Tshogpa has given me an opportunity to participate in the upcoming elections and contribute to the development and wellbeing of our people and I believe in the party’s vision of bringing about positive change in the country and collectively we can achieve that.”

Her sole purpose of joining politics was driven by the motivation to reach out to rural communities and bridge the income gaps between the rich and the poor.

“We must progress as a nation and a people together. Among many others, Chirwang believes in the noble philosophy of equity, balanced socio-economic development and creating enabling conditions for people to pursue happiness,” Sherab Choden said adding that “I will endeavor to achieve these goals”.


Sonam Tenzin

DCT’s candidate from Khamdang-Ramjar constituency in Trashiyangtse is Sonam Tenzin.

For him the upcoming elections is a national obligation which he will try to fulfill as a responsible citizen. He said, he is providing more choice to his constituents by standing from his constituency.

“Elections are all about giving the people diverse choices to choose from and if they deem that I have the right qualities to represent them, I am sure they will vote for me and my party,” he said.

Sonam Tenzin has worked as an administrative officer with Bhutan Youth and later started his own business firm.

“We have always encouraged our young to be self-employed as entrepreneurs. That there is a fundamental disconnect between the reality and what has been done and we need to create conducive environment where brilliant ideas and enterprising youth can be successful,” he said.

Issues of rural development and prosperity are also close to his heart.


Yoezer Dema

Her political conviction defies her age and after all she is just 25 and already a candidate of DCT. Yoezer Dema, will be contesting from Bongo-Chapcha constituency in Chhukha.

Yoezer Dema makes a point clear, quite honestly, “I may be judged based on that experience factor against other senior, experienced candidates but what I have got is the courage and the motivation to relentlessly work for the wellbeing of the people in my constituency,” she said.

Her commitment to serve the people and work harder to make a difference in their lives is her greatest strength.

She is a graduate in Political Science. She was a history teacher prior to joining the party. Her priority would be in the areas in youth and women empowerment and taking development to remote communities in the country.



Nima Dukpa

DCT’s choice for Sipsu constituency in Samtse is a 27 year-old former teacher, Nima Dukpa and he has a bachelor’s degree in geography (honors).

According to Nima Dukpa, his strong rural footing gives an edge over others. “I have a strong connection with my native village and I am confident of raising the concerns of the people there,” he said.

For Nima Dukpa, issues of youth unemployment, gender equality, social crimes, and balanced socio-economic development are on top of his agenda.

“We must view all problems in our society in a holistic manner. There is always some connection in the manner they manifest and I will endeavor to address these issues through proper consultation with the people at the grassroots and other relevant stakeholders,” he said.


Dorji Dema

Dorji Dema who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from India is DCT’s candidate for Mongar constituency.

She worked as an administrative officer with Padmasambhava Tours and Treks and she is also a freelance resource and focal person at South East Asian Counseling Program, International Educational Research Project.

As a candidate, she aspires to promote women’s roles and encourage more grassroots participation in the national decision-making process.

“For democracy to succeed, our people at the grassroots need to have a strong voice at national forums like the parliament,” she said.


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  1. It’s unfortunate that DCT is forced to bring in a lot of fresh graduates as party’s candidates in the wake of competent candidates in Bhutan. I can understand for a party to have a few young graduates in the group, but to have so many in one party is not so healthy. Anyone can form a party with a bunch of fresh graduates, but where is the credibility? The young graduates should not see politics as job opportunities.

    • Lenkong – I think there is a good mix of old and young candidates in DCT and most of them are from grass root background. One should not undermine the capability of our youth. Infact if given the opportunity they can serve the people and society better than the old people whose mindset is different from the fresh minds. for me DCT is the right choice for today’s generation

  2. Dear DCT,
    I know it is very hard the party to attract experienced and competent candidates since five political party is too huge in number for our population size. This is clearly reflected and shown by your party candidates ages and experiences. Nevertheless, we hope that your party will look beyond 2013 election and try to groom these bunch of young and aspiring politicians for the future. 

  3. DCT’s young faces, a lot of them women, are in fact its strength. All this while, we have ignored or deliberately sidelined youth in the national decision making process. We say youth are our future leaders – which is just a lip service any how, and not even consider what potential they have and what they would add. I for one strongly believe in the capacity and potential of Bhutanese youth. It’s time we give them their due. Yes, they may not be seasoned like our OLD-timers but we can’t totally live in denial of what youth are capable of. We must remember Fourth Druk Gyalpo took up the reigns of the monarch when he was barely 17. His Majesty is the example of youth leadership. He is our inspiration. Every Bhutanese youth can strive to be leader. I am hopeful that DCT’s young leaders will prove their mettle! They need to be tested, of course. But first, let’s get the test done. Let’s give them a chance! And what has old, experienced leaders contributed to the nation that is so dramatic or unbelievable. They belong to an old era. If its not for the hunger for POWER, they would have long retired. We must let the old go and embrace the NEW. if not now, when. This is the opportunity to VOTE for young leadership. As a young citizen, I am going to vote for a young leader!

    • @Mediawatch, well said! you mentioned “They need to be tested,” but you can do test on the laws of the nation. HM became king at 17 does not mean that somebody these days can become MP at the same age. 

  4. “In response to few concerns raised by some on young DCT , particularly female candidates, I would like to share the following, “Youth represent some of the most dynamic, creative and talented people in today’s Bhutan, yet at the same time they often represent some of the most vulnerable and most powerless in the society. There is a paramount need for policymakers to ‘get it right’ by and for youth. This is vital in order to meet young people’s needs today which comprises 60% of our population, and also to create the adequate pre-conditions for their future impact on society as parents, civic leaders, employers, workers and politicians. In order to get it right, active and equal engagement of youth in politics is essential. It is their political right and responsibility as it is their future we are working towards. Thus, let us welcome the young dynamic leaders on board and not shun them! Go Youth- Go!” – DCT President.

  5. The graduates who could not pass RCSC exams plus get into services else where are joing the DCT. Therefore, party president may like to reconsider the decision. Ofcourse if the party is preparing for 2018 or 2023 elections the grooming period of candidates are more than enough.

  6. With this bunch of inexperienced youth, I doubt our democracy is heading to a vibrant future…this is the height of desperation in search of candidates to make it 47…. 


    Hay can any one of you guys tell me the difference between old & young. What is that which old can do and where youth can’t. Tell me, Do u think, the old has double brain than the young ones. Do they ve six sense organs & the young has only 5. Do u critics mean, the young cannot rule the country. Do u mean to say that the youth is taking politics as a opportunity to find job…?. Do you guys mean to say the youth are incapable. 

    Listen carefully, these days, youth r equipped with all the education and degree about the actual political theory, thoughts & they know what is the latest economic, socio- political scenerio more than the old timers…as u guys call experienced ones. I don;t mean to say that old timers & experienced ones r not important, but atleast plizz do not  underestimate the youth potential & youth power. They r well educated, they know the latest trend of politics in the society. They r well informed in all the field, whether its social, political or economical. they r well informed & they know wat is actually happening in the world more than their parents or grandparents. so how can you guys say that DCT has a bunch of youth in it. Pliz, just remember, we are the custodian of our country, we are the future of our country. We are the caretaker of our country & we will work with our king. Our king is young & he is the head of State. Our president is young & she will be our next PM… head of government….Pelden Drukpa……Gaylo…!!!   DCT….Gaylo…..!!!

  8. Laksam and Deb – if you guys are so cynical about young candidates in DCT, why dont you answer the call of the nation by joining as candidates yourself. Bhutanese people are so hypocritical. They will complain about other people and if asked to do it themselves, they will never take the risk themselves. how can our country progress if our mentality is so sick like the two of you.

    • Answering the call doesn’t mean that you have to be a politician. We all contribute in our own ways. We are just worried of young and inexperienced group of youths becoming the highest law making body in the country. 
      Mr. Dengo, come to the real world and be practical. For instance lets say you just graduated from your college. Seriously what  do we know about making laws when we cant even stand on our feet? 
      Of course i really appreciate DCT for grooming those young guys and hope to see you in next around.

  9. Well, we definitely need youngsters to come up and contribute for the growth of  our Kingdom, but youth does not necessarily mean boys and girls between 25-35 years. These aspirant youths may be groomed as political workers who would go on to take as political leaders after few years, but for the present, youths between 35 and 45 should be seriously considered. In the political play ground, we may need experienced brains than people with good stamina. May be that is why young sportsmen have old coaches to coach them.

  10. Mr.Dengo, Did you watch any of the assembly session in your whole life? The DPT Govt. has few fresh graduates as MPs, they just dropped away flies and yawned through out the 10 assembly sessions. So recollect all these past events of five years.

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