One incumbent against five new candidates in Trashiyangtse

Tashi Phuntsho

Tashi Phuntsho is the incumbent NC candidate and will be competing with five new candidates in the NC race. He holds a M. Ed in Educational Leadership and Management. His 17 years of work experience are in the field of education and he has served in the NC for 5 years.

He said that his priority is to carry out legislative and review functions, to fulfill the visions of His Majesty The King, and the aspirations of the people, with due respect to the provisions of the Constitution and keeping the security and sovereignty of the country in mind.

He also said that he will address the constituency issues promptly and report back to the people.

“Whoever wins among us will gracefully represent Trashiyangtse dzongkhag, and on Poll Day, Trashiyangtse should have won with a competent candidate ceremoniously;” he added.

Sonam Tenzin

Sonam Tenzin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Application. He was in the business field for the last 10 years, and had also contested for National Assembly parliamentary election as a NA candidate in 2013.

Talking about his priority, he said that he would first like to address and review the policies with regard to the employment within the dzongkhag, especially with the Kholongchhu Hydro Project.

He also said, “As a legislative body, I would focus on the amendment of existing laws in line with the Constitution, in consultation with people for the larger benefit of the dzongkhag.”

“It’s in people’s hand to choose the best and I have bigger respect for my fellow candidates,” he added.

Phurpa Gyeltshen

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dzongkha. He worked in the Cabinet Secretariat for a few months and worked with BBS for 13 years.

He said working with BBS for 13 years has helped him to actively cover the whole process of the Parliament, whereby he was able to understand the laws and policies of the country while closely following the Parliament.

In addition, his pledge is to contribute and work on progressive and timely laws that safeguard the rights and responsibilities of every Bhutanese, as enshrined in the Constitution, and support legislations and policy initiatives that would help in many ways.

“With the experience and knowledge I have, I am confident that I will be able to serve country and people better.” However, he said, “It is people’s choice and I hope they will choose the best.”

Karma Gyeltshen 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Paro College of Education. He has worked as a teacher in Trashiyangste Lower Secondary School for almost 10 years and has worked in the construction industry for about 2 years.

He said that knowing the responsibility of NC, , if he gets elected, he will serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum with full respect, in accordance the developmental philosophy of the nation, GNH, aligning with the Constitution of Bhutan.

About his expectations, he said, “It’s the right given to people by the King, so people have the right to choose of their choice.”

Ngawang Tashi

He holds a BA (General) degree and he has served as a gewog administrative officer in LG for more than 7 years. He said that since he has worked with the people directly, therefore, he knows the ground reality and problems of the people at the grassroots level.

“I am confident in taking up the position as NC to bring needful changes by reviewing the laws and policy on matters affecting the security and sovereignty of our country and the interest of the nation,” he added.

His manifesto states that he will carry out legislative functions, review the laws and policy of the government and provide necessary recommendations and fulfill the responsibility to uphold the Constitution and rules of law.

He also pledged to bridge the gap between the government and citizen and to raise a national concern on unemployment.


Thinley holds a degree in LLB and PGDNL from RIM, Thimphu. He has worked as a legal officer in the NLCS, as a prosecutor in OAG and as a member of central dispute settlement body for the first LG election in 2011. After resigning as a civil servant, he has worked as farmer, traditional businessman and a legal consultant.

His manifesto includes strengthening rule of law and principle of democracy, address issues related to hydro-power, farm roads and address issues related to youth unemployment.

He said he would endeavor to resolve the issues of land and resource, to consult the public to review policies and legislations, protect human rights and dignity and provide support to vulnerable people with disability and those deprived of adequate means of livelihood as covered under his manifesto.

“My manifesto will also establish impartial and independent administrative tribunal for civil servant”, he added.

He said, “I have always been approachable and I will always remain to be one. Therefore, I hope to get the support and allow me to work together with them irrespective of my social and economic status.”

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