Fighting against five aspiring candidates including an incumbent, 35 year old Karma Gyeltshen was elected with 1952 votes (EVM- 1,375 Postal Ballot- 577). His closest opponent Thinley lost to him with 1833 votes, Phurba Gyeltshen got 1799, Ngawang Tashi with 1524, Sonam Tenzin with 1221 and the incumbent Tashi Phuntsho got only 625.
He said that, the reason behind his winning must be because he was in the Dzongkhag since his childhood including his education. Moreover, he said that, he served the maximum number of years in his own Dzongkhag whereby he felt that he must have gained the confidence of the people.
He said that, in many ways he must have hurt people a lot in many ways within his Dzongkhag being tough and harsh but he thanks all the people for the support in the time of need and for placing their confidence in him.
He said that everything has happened unexpectedly and it is difficult to comment on what he will do right away. However, he said that, during his time going for door-to-door campaign he had seen some well developed gewogs while some others were in a bad condition.
Thereby, he said that, his first priority will be to bring in equality in all the gewogs under the Dzongkhag. He also said that, he will look into the workload of the teachers and review the policies in this field.
In addition, he also said that, since he worked in the construction sector, he plans to review the construction policies to bring in better quality construction.
He also said that, knowing the responsibility of NC, he will serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum with full respect, in accordance with the developmental philosophy of the nation which is GNH and in accordance with the Constitution of Bhutan.
Karma Gyeltshen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Paro College of Education. He has worked as a teacher in Trashiyangtse Lower Secondary School for almost 10 years and has worked in the construction industry for about 2 years.