Ugyen Dorji, 39, from Geptay, Wangchang gewog worked as an officer in Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority and has also worked as a contractor. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering.
He said, “We, being a Bhutanese, need to have common thoughts and respect to our Tsa-Wa-Sum. We have to be united all the time under the leadership of our great King.”
He said that he would tirelessly serve the King, Country and People to the best of his ability. He would preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and uphold the laws and acts at all times. He said he would review laws, policies and plans to the best of his ability and safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
Ugyen Tshering, 49, from Goongju, Lamgong gewog holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Sherubtse College and has worked in the private sector in various capacities and as a business entrepreneur.
This is his third consecutive time contesting in the bid for National Council, since the first parliamentary elections in 2008. “It is not my first time trying for NC, and I have the advantage of experience and knowing the dzongkhag well,” he added.
He pointed out that he knows almost all the people from Paro, which gives him the confidence that he will stand a good chance in the race. Ugyen Tshering said, “As I have contested in all the NC elections and have been in constant interaction with the people of Paro dzongkhag, I understand the ground realities and issues that the people in my dzongkhag face.”
Sonam Tashi, 29, from Balakha, Tsento gewog holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering. He has worked as an electrical engineer and project management professional in a private company.
He said the elections are all about choices, a choice that every individual makes at home, but one that leaves a mark on the nation as a whole. “In this election, I want everyone to take time to think and decide on who you want to represent you,” he said.
He pointed out that the National Council, by definition, is a House of Review. “You are going to need someone who actually knows what he or she is doing, someone responsible and accountable without a doubt,” he said.
Chencho Dorji, 39, from Barakempa, Shaba gewog is a businessman, guide, tour operator and also served as a contract teacher. He holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations.
Chencho said, “I am very honest, selfless and dedicated. I am equipped with the knowledge of framing laws – as being a student of political science.”
He added that he left the greener pastures of Australia for the NC election, “I want to serve my nation selflessly and do something for the unemployed youth, and to work towards the economic development of our nation by framing the required laws and policies, which will be favourable for the economic development of our nation,” he said.
If elected, he said, his top priority will be to solve the financial crisis and youth unemployment. “I want to advice the government to implement policies which would give gainful employment within our country so that youth don’t have to go to other countries to work,” he said.
He said his expectation from the election is that it is fair , “So that the nation elects someone who is a good human being and someone who can serve our Gyel Lyong Bang Sum without fear, favour or prejudice,” he added.
Dawchu, 30, from Jabji, Doteng gewog holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering. He worked as a site engineer in PHPA and as a project executive engineer in a private company.
He said that he has an edge over others to garner votes in the upcoming election. “I have always remained connected to my community and have interacted with them well,” he said.
As a project executive engineer, he was involved in planning, decision-making, financing and execution of work activities. “I believe I can maintain developmental ties between the government and people. It’s an opportunity to prove my abilities to the King, Country and the People.”
Jangchub Dorji, 28, from Gadana, Loong-nyi gewog worked in the National Post Harvest Centre, Paro. He became an educated farmer and entrepreneur as well. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Environmental Studies and earned a Diploma in Agriculture.
He said that about 60 percent of the people in Paro are experienced farmers that depend on agriculture. “I understand their problems and issues better. I will serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum with the utmost loyalty and dedication, with a focus on agriculture,” he said.
If elected, he said, “I can help the farmers to solve the issues and increase their productivity by reviewing the plans and policies that are necessary for the advancement of the agriculture sector.”