DTT fields first three candidates

From left: Kinlay Dorjee (South Thimphu constituency), Sangay Dorji (Lamgong-Wangchang constituency) and Kinzang Thinley (Kabji-Talo constituency)



The latest entrant to the political arena, Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa introduced three candidates on 26 August this week in Thimphu after it was formally given the green signal by the Election Commission of Bhutan.

Representing Thuendrel from south Thimphu for the 2023 parliamentary elections is Kinlay Dorjee, 52, the capital city’s former thrompon, who served the position for two terms that spanned a decade.

Prior to that he served as an electrical engineer for 15 years with Bhutan Power Corporation and the Department of Power around the time when the state bore the responsibility of stringing power lines over vales and hills to light up lives in the remotest communities of the country.

Kinlay Dorji specialises in power transmission and distribution and urban development, specifically, public transport, service delivery and infrastructure.

Thuendrel’s candidate for Lamgong-Wangchang constituency in Paro is 46-year-old Sangay Dorji.

An ardent advocate of environmental management and a keen player in green technology, Sangay Dorji specialises in renewable energy, climate change, environment management and industries.

Applying his knowledge and skills at the Ministry of Economic affairs for nine years helped him hone them as to become an international expert and consultant for the Punatsangchhu I and II projects. Five years later, he joined the UN Development Program as its national energy and environment expert.

Thuendrel also fielded Kinzang Thinley as its Kabji-Talo candidate from Punakha. The 43-year-old brings eight years of experience as cinematographer with the national broadcaster, BBS and seven years as a tour guide under the tourism council.

He specialises in film and television production and has a broad understanding of the ever-evolving media industry and advancing digital technology.

Party President Kinga Tshering said it marked another critical milestone for the party.

He said that the first three candidates broadly represented the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) aspect of the party’s facet that is critical in fulfilling the national ambition of expanding digital and economic horizons.