Around 700 members and candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from all dzongkhags attended its annual party convention held in the YDF Hall, Thimphu on 9th May, before leaving for their respective demkhongs (constituencies) to campaign.
Many issues and concerns were raised during the convention. “We are people’s party, we are not rich,” said PDP president Tshering Tobgay in his speech to the members.
He urged the members and candidates to work in accord with the Constitution, and to work hard with sincerity and respect to gain the people’s trust.
He also pledged to improve and develop the infrastructure such as farm roads, the education system, the unemployment problem, oil pumps in some of the gewogs, to assist people especially the villagers, and to encourage private sector growth, among others.
PDP is looking at strengthening local government as its top priority, and also to support the quota for women in National Council (NC) and National Assembly (NA), so as to encourage women’s participation in policy making and decisions.
If elected, the party president said there will be jobs assured for the school dropouts and other youth as well. The party also plans on giving discounted bus fare rates for students travelling on government buses.
“Shedra students and retired armed force personnel will be given more importance,” added Tshering Tobgay.
The PDP media spokesperson and candidate from Gasa, Damcho Dorji said media fairness and balance is also a priority. “People should see how government is running even after the election is over,” Damcho Dorji said.
“If elected, the party will serve the country with full dedication and with zero corruption.” He added.
PDP candidate Namgay Dorji said, “Our party is ready to take on the challenge if you, the people are ready to give us more support, and a chance to serve the country.”
“Horse can carry load, and so can we,” he added.
PDP explained the party manifesto and vision with its members, and revealed 12 candidates during the annual party convention. The annual party convention also gave all candidates and dzongkhag coordinators a chance to meet and discuss party matters.
Sangay Choda, Tshering Dorji & Thukten Zangpo /Thimphu