Tshelthrim Dukar, 39, from Orang, Samdrupjongkhar is the only woman candidate contesting in National Council from the dzongkhag. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science and worked as human resource development officer and is a founder of a travel agency.
She said she has experienced the hardships of rural life, battled poverty and worked hard to get where she is today. “I come from a humble family and a daughter of a farmer. I can connect and relate to the hardship and challenges faced by rural folks and render help,” she said.
She said she wants her voters to understand the importance of women’s participation in politics. “I also encourage them to envision a hope and aspiration that, one day, their daughters and sisters will also stand for elections win and represent them in the Parliament.”
She added that Samdrupjongkhar has a tremendous potential to develop into an economic hub. “I will work hard to review policies and facilitate laws that would enable Samdrupjongkhar to harness its economic potential,” she said, “ I feel formulation of legislations and policies need men and women so that the laws respond to the different interest and needs.”
The incumbent National Council member from Samdrupjongkhar from 2013 to 2018, Jigme Wangchuk, 38, from Lauri gewog is re-consisting in the NC again. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and served as a teacher before his post as NC member.
He said 10-year tenure has helped shaped his personal experience and paved the path to serve them in better way. “The choice is in the hands of the general public and the opportunity they have given me to serve the nation and the people for 10 years has really opened my experience in diverse fields,” he said.
Kelzang Phuntsho, 36, Langnang Ringma, Wangphu gewog holds a Bachelor in Arts in English and Environmental Studies, and worked as an administration HR officer as well as a data center manager.
He said he can represent the people well as he has experiences from the ground like farmer, a cowboy, and he worked in a quarry and a hotel. “I can only be the person who knows the problem, and can understand and represent well, and I have learned that there are humble people in all communities,” he said.
Further, he mentioned that people’s representative should be like them so that they could approach the representative and share their concerns openly. The representative should interact and ask people about the pressing issues, be it at the community or national level.
He added, “I want to be the true representative of Samdrupjongkhar people.”
Sangay Tenzin, 45, is contesting from Thromde (Samdrupgatshel). He did Masters in Engineering Science and worked as dzongkhag engineer and municipal engineer.
He said in his 20 years of dedicated service, he had the opportunity to learn, experience and serve in varied fields of running administration, framing and reviewing plans and policies, implementing and disseminating acts and laws to the end users.
“If I am elected, I would provide better service in understanding the plans, policies, rules, regulations, acts and laws to make understand and bridge between government and public,” he said.
He added that he would do constant monitoring on any development activities taking place within Samdrupjongkhar to ensure quality and bring benefit the people.
Tshewang Tenzin, 30, from Serthi gewog has a Masters in Development Practices and B.Com (Finance). He has worked as an assistant research officer for one and a half-year.
“It’s not to win a title,” he said. He mentioned that the purpose of participation is to serve the aspiration of His Majesty The King, and to give a choice to the people and be an inspiration to our youth.
He expects that the voters will vote for the best candidate. “I pledge to serve in line with the Constitution, with commitment and dedication, if elected,” he added.
Ugyen Dorji, 41, is from Kakpadung in Martshala gewog. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Dzongkha and Geography and has worked for 16 and half years as human resources development and administrative officer.
“I am offering a choice to the people, as Samdrupjongkhar did not have many candidates in the past two elections,” he said. He added that being a son of a farmer, he know the challenges, problems and issues in the village. “Therefore, I feel it is the right time, age, and way to serve the people and repay the government.”
“My service in the Department of Revenue and Customs has groomed me in law enforcement, while one half years in Army Welfare Project as an administrator has added confidence in administration and management,” he said.
He said his aim as NC member would be to prioritize the speedy repeal of obsolete laws and reform legislations applicable towards regional balanced development. “Through equity and justice, I will ensure that basic rights are not compromised,” he said.