The newly registered political party, Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa (DTT), while opening its Dzongkhag office at Trongsa on 6 September also introduced three new candidates to represent its central region.
According to the press release from the DTT, Thuendrel’s choice to represent the party from Bardo-Trong constituency of Zhemgang is 52-year-old Kezang.
“The candidate brings with him almost 30 years of work experience including 13 years in the civil service as ICT and media professional under the information and communications ministry between 1996 and 2008,” the press release stated.
In addition, in 2008 Kezang went on to play a catalytic role in establishing the Thimphu TechPark, the country’s first information technology park where he spent four years before moving on to lead international projects.
After a three-year stint as a health and wellbeing researcher in India, from 2017 till date, he served as CEO of various private companies, the latest being The BETA (Bhutan Education and Technology Academy) Park in Thimphu.
Kezang has master’s degree in communications management from UK and Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from one of India’s oldest and biggest institutes for technical education, the IIT Roorkee.
The Bardo-Trong candidate specializes in ICT and telecom, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, policy, and planning, research, and analysis; project management and strategic advisory services, among others.
Representing the Drateng-Langthel constituency as its representative, 42-year-old Tharchen, who served the dzongkhag as its National Council member for five years between 2013 and 2018, returns to lend more focused service to the district through the constituency.
He was an educationist for almost a decade before switching to represent his district in a greater capacity as its council member of parliament.
Tharchen was the Executive Director of the Centre for Local Governance and Research, where he spent most of his time researching about local governments in the region to help strengthen their functions. He also worked at keeping the local government relevant to the evolving dynamics of the overall governance structure.
He has master’s in educational administration and Management from Thailand. He graduated from Sherubtse College, Kanglung with Certificate in Public Policy. Tharchen specializes in public policy reviews and local governance.
Finally, a businessman will represent Thuendrel as its candidate for Chhumig-Ura in Bumthang.
A resident of the constituency, Thinley Gyeltshen, 31, owns a construction company. Having overseen numerous construction projects in the country in the last seven years, Thinley has a firm grasp of the challenges and opportunities in the construction sector.
Apart, he also owns a tourism company, which having barely operated for a few years was stalled by the global pandemic. That was also the time Thinley invested in rethinking the tourism business in the general interest of the country as a premium Himalayan destination. He graduated from India with a bachelor’s in business administration.
Meanwhile, after having obtained permission from the Election Commission of Bhutan, DTT embarked on its familiarization tour.
DTT states that the party chose Trongsa as the place to mark the occasion given its deep and historic meaning that symbolizes the “beginning” and “coming-of-age”.
The seat of the nation’s first two hereditary monarchs, the dzongkhag, also known as Chhoekhor Rabtentse after the fortress was built, came to symbolise resolve and firmness.