Talo Gewog under Punakha Dzongkhag nominated Namgay Dorji as their National Council (NC) nominee on 25 March.
From the 154 voters who showed up, Namgay Dorji, 31 secured 130 ‘Yes’ votes against 24 ‘No’ votes. According to the Dzongkhag Electorate Officer (DEO) Tenzin he had submitted all the documents and clearance certificates during the Zomdu.
He was also an NC contestant in the 2008 NC elections but he was not elected then. “I was very young and was not mature in the democratic field and democracy was also young during that time,” he said.
Namgay who has a Masters in Mass Communication and Media Management believes that he is now more mature and has better experience to serve the people better.
“My academic background has become my strength and now it’s very beneficial for me,” he added.
Before he pursued his Masters he had a Bachelors in Public Administration. He also served in the militia and added-experiences include teaching, movie direction, and acting.
If elected, the Talo gewog nominee promises to firmly stand for people’s happiness. He believes that there are series of problems faced by people in the regions therefore he would promote Gross National Happiness for the people.
“I would help people as much as I can and make them happy,” he added.
The NC aspirant also aims to promote culture since he had observed that culture that has been passed on from his forefathers has been degenerating.
As an NC member he would, besides the law-making duty also monitor MPs on how they work to ensure ‘truth and sincerity’.
“As a NC candidate one is responsible to make law instead of violating law,” Namgay Dorji said. “If developmental activities under Five Year Plans are not done properly then I will push MPs to do it if I get elected during the NC election.”The NC aspirant said that he would prove himself the best candidate so that in the next election also he would be selected.
According to DEO Tenzin, from the existing 11 gewogs, Punakha Dzongkhag has only two candidates, Namgay Dorji and Rinzin Dorji from Talog Gewog and Toedwang gewog respectively.
Punakha will have two nominees for the NC elections. However during the 2008 elections Punakha Dzongkhag had three candidates. Talo was the last gewog to conduct Zomdu and for all the gewogs, Zomdu and voter education was conducted at the same time.