National Council 2018 race was won by ex-Thimphu Dzongda, Tshewang Rinzin, from Kawang gewog, Thimphu. Voters chose him over the incumbent member, Nima Gyeltshen, and three other candidates.
As per the provisional vote counts, Tshewang Rinzin secured a total of 2,117 votes (1,673 EVM votes and 444 postal ballot votes).
Tshewang Rinzin said that it was the mandate and the wishes of the people of Thimphu that led to his win in the election among the four other aspirants. “The result shows the trust and faith people have in me, and I will always work towards fulfilling their aspirations, without letting them down,” said the newly elected NC member.
Tshewang Rinzin, 54, holds a Master’s in Educational Administration. His diverse professional experience, through the years, includes having worked as a computer programmer, Royal Secretariat. He has also worked as a teacher, dzongkhag education officer, Chukha Drungpa, Mongar Dzongda, Chukha Dzongda, Trongsa Dzongda, and lastly as Thimphu Dzongda from 2015 until January 2018.
He said that just as people trusted him with their votes, likewise, he also holds his faith and trust in the people, and that he is very happy to have won the election.
“People vote with the expectations that candidates will bring positive changes to their lives and the country at large. For this to be a success, it is important for the candidates to be well equipped with the required knowledge and experiences on the key issues the country is facing. And I feel the country has too many laws, and as a way forward, I would like to review the existing laws and simplify them,” said Tshewang Rinzin.
In an interview with the The Bhutanese earlier, Tshewang Rinzin said he can bring about changes in the lives of both young and old, especially the disadvantaged, given his years of experience and qualifications.
The incumbent NC member, Nima Gyeltshen, secured 1,586 votes and other aspirants, Leki Tshering secured 761, Sangay Tshering secured 1,214, and Tshokey Dorji secured 1,936 votes.