47-year-old Choining Dorji from Dechhenling gewog won the majority of the votes to secure his win in Pemagatshel. He got 3,846 votes (2,340 EVM votes and 1,506 Postal Ballot votes). Sonam Dhendup came second with 2,583 votes followed by Sherig Dentshog with 2,133 votes, Sangay Wangchuk secured 1,821 votes and Jamtsho got 1,349 votes.
The newly elect NC member said that the people could have picked him because he has the relevant knowledge, capacity, experience and the competency to serve the people and country.
He said, “People have spoken and have shown their verdict, and with that, I have a lot higher and heavy responsibility raised on me to serve in the interest of nation and people.”
Choining Dorji said that he will work closely with the law review consolidation committee in order to revise the laws related to legal issues. “Whatever legislation that may be required to be made new or to review the laws and policies in the interest of the people, then I would do that and this will be my first priority,” he added.
He has several years of working experience both in the civil service and corporate sector to fulfill the review function of the National Council. Besides, he said that, he will work with the concerned NA members for the socio-economic development of his dzongkhag and provide assistance in overcoming his dzongkhag’s concerns.
He has worked with the High Court, Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and two DHI companies (DHI-INFRA and CDCL) in a 19-year period.
Choining Dorji is a lawyer and a certified drafter of laws with a vast real life experience in drafting a number of laws. “Good laws are the basis of equality and justice, which depend on the competency of the National Council’s members,” he added.
He also said that, “I will advocate for or support any legislative proposal benefiting women, businesses, and elderly people or those with regard to employment.”
Choining Dorji holds a B.A, LL.B (Hons) from National Law School of India University, LL.M from California Western School of Law. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in National Law from RIM, Semtokha and a Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies from University of Hong Kong.