Kinley Dorji for Radhi-Sakteng constituency, Trashigang
A former Director of Department of Human Resources, under Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MoLHR), he resigned to join Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT).
The 61-year old has a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of New England, NSW, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. He did his Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination from Sherubtse Public School, Kanglung in 1974.
“Democracy for me would be to be with the people to facilitate and support their aspirations for the well being of the community and the nation at large,” said Kinley Dorji who received a Certificate of Appreciation for his 33 years of dedicated service to the Royal Government of Bhutan from the Chairman, Royal Civil Service Commission.
He served as the Executive Director of Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency and also as the Director of Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education from 2004 to 2006.
“DNT is made up of well-balanced group of representatives in terms of age, experience and knowledge coming from humble backgrounds. I have full trust and confidence that Nyamrup will strive to serve for the well-being of the people and the nation with dedicated Nyamrup spirit at all times to come,” said Kinley Dorji
He is one of the founders of DNT. Before he became the CEO of Institute of Management Studies (IMS), one of the premier private management institutes in the country, he was the Chief Labor Officer in the Department of Labor.
He has a Masters of Science in Agriculture Economics from University of London, UK and a BSc from Sherubtse College, Kanglung. He started his civil service career as a Planning Officer in the agriculture ministry in 1995.
“To end well we must start well. Our journey of democracy has just begun and it’s very important that we nurture it and together put it on the right path,” said Tenzin Lekphell who was also a militia officer in Royal Bhutan Army from 1990 till 1995. “I am worried and afraid that our democracy, gifted by our Kings, could be controlled by the few influential and the powerful and that it may not result in the way our Kings have envisioned. As a citizen it’s a huge responsibility to join politics and contribute in whatever way we can. If we don’t then who will?”
Tashi for Drujeygang-Tseza constituency, Dagana
Thirty year old Tashi has a Bachelor of Computer Applications from Manipal University, Sikkim, India. He is a self-employed construction entrepreneur.
Having lived in his village in Dagana, he understands the hard and difficult village life and the problems the people in the villages face.
“Since graduation, I have worked and lived in my village and saw that unless one is playing active role in politics, one is just a spectator and cannot make a difference for the people at grassroots level,” said Tashi. If elected, he wishes to uplift the poor people in his constituency through practical policies and implementation.
“Nyamrup means a shared responsibility and in the spirit of Nyamrup I am sure that we can make some difference for our King, country and the people.”
28 year old Jigme says “I am comfortable where I am and with what I am doing, but I believe that there is a greater cause as a citizen of a nation and much more as a newly emerging democratic nation.”
He has a bachelor’s degree in International business from Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Jigme Lhendup has worked in the tourism sector managing a travel agent. He also worked in the automobile industry and in the construction sector.
“Working in tourism industry has taught me that engagement with local communities at the grassroots level provide greater and richer cultural and traditional insights into our nation,” Jigme Lhendup said. “And for us too, as a citizen I have realized we must go to our villages to understand and experience our own country. Then only we would know how best to serve our people in our own individual way.”
Tshering Dhendup for Goenkhamey-Lunana, Gasa
The 30 year old graduate in Bachelor of Arts (Buddhist studies) was a Dzongkha teacher at Rinchen High school for seven years. Before that he taught at Jigme Namgyel Lower Secondary School in Motithang.
He left his job to pursue politics because he truly believes that the sacred constitution expects every citizen to make a difference for the nation
“I chose to join DNT because of its political ideology the core of which is to strengthen democracy and promote the ideas of freedom, social justice, and solidarity with the disadvantaged. The team spirit in which the group works inspired me and attracted me to the party,” said Tshering.
He aspires to improve transport facilities to ease the living conditions of the people in the constituency.
Phuntsho Namgay, 27 has a Bachelors degree in commerce from Bangalore University.
Since graduation, he worked on several construction projects notably the Gongfu-Panbhang road, Nangar-Ura bypass road, construction of Pemachholing nunnery in Tang, construction of BHU grade II, and construction of Nganglam highway. He was responsible for the overall supervision and execution of these projects.
“My experience in the construction industry has given me the privilege of coming into contact with rural life,” Phuntsho Namgay said. “I have lived for months in the remote areas, where at times you have to literally collect rain water for cooking.”
“Although I still have much to learn and experience, living in some of the most remote parts of our country under very harsh working conditions has given me incredible insights of the things that has to be worked on. I have seen why it is essential to provide the gift of education. I believe that education will make the difference and must be the foundation of every society.”
Sonam Dendup, 26 has a Bachelors de gree in Commerce with a major in Human Resource Management from Gaeddu College of Business Studies.
“I am not here to compete with anybody but to learn and experience. Though I am young, even by coming out as a candidate I believe that I am contributing to our democracy which we got as a gift from our Kings,” he said
He said politics should be about the people and our nation, not about winning or losing.
The Executive Director of the Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB), said “Joining politics is a huge decision and a responsibility. Ultimately I realized that today is the right time to join politics because I care about life and when I talk about life I am also talking about the life of our nation.”
He spent his entire working life in the tourism sector. After his graduation from Sherubtse College in Bachelors of Commerce he started his career as a freelance guide and later became General Manager of Lhomen Tours and Trekking Company.
In his 20 years of career in tourism he lead many important tour groups in the country and represented Bhutan in seminars and conferences all over the world.
He was also a guest lecturer on tour guiding at the Royal Institute of Tourism and Hospitality in Thimphu.