PDP all set to contest upcoming national assembly polls

STAFF REPORTER | Thimphu

With the release of a list of 11 candidates on 11 November, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is all set to contest the upcoming National Assembly (NA) elections next year.

The party confirmed its candidates for all 47 constituencies. The remaining candidates will be announced in the coming weeks.

While the party has most of the candidates from 2018 intact, the party says, 18 new candidates further strengthen it. “The party has an excellent mix of experience and expertise that further enriches the existing pool of talents.”

The party in its press release mentioned that the new candidates have a good mix of qualifications, experience, and expertise in formulating policy, designing and implementing developmental programs, managing national and international affairs, and promoting entrepreneurship among others.

It accorded special attention to selecting each of the 47 candidates for the 2023 election. “While this is in keeping with the party’s tradition of having candidates of the highest caliber possible, the party placed a renewed focus on the selection process in view of the great national transformations underway.”

The party believes that its 47 candidates must be fully capable and committed to shoulder the responsibilities of the transformation initiatives to build the country stronger.

The candidates

Namgyal Dorji

Namgyal Dorji, who worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 12 years, will contest from the Kabji_Talo constituency in Punakha.

He also worked as the first secretary at the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York, and then in the Multilateral Department when he resigned.

As a recipient of the prestigious Australia Awards, he did his Master in International Relations & Diplomacy from the Coral Bell School of the Asia-Pacific College, the Australian National University.

Namgyal Dorji has a BA in English (Hons) from Sherubtse College and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Royal Institute of Management.

Namgay Wangchuk

Namgay Wangchuk, a former member of parliament, is the candidate for the Lingmu_Toewang constituency in Punakha.

He worked in various schools and engaged in several curricular and co-curricular activities besides teaching. He was awarded the best speaker and gentleman speaker in the first-ever talent hunt in Bhutan.

In addition, he served as the President of the Association of Bhutanese in Perth Incorporated and also as the president of Druk Archers Incorporated, Perth in Australia.

Namgay Wangchuk has a Bachelor of Education from Paro College of Education and did a Master of Public Policy and Management at Murdoch University, Perth in 2017.

Sonam Tashi

Sonam Tashi, 33, from Phondho in Tshento gewog, Paro will contest for Lamgong_Wangchang constituency in Paro. He contested in the 2018 National Council election from Paro Dzongkhag.

He has a degree in electrical engineering from the College of Science and Technology and has seven years of experience in the construction industry.

Lhendup Wangdi

Lhendup Wangdi, 35, from Haa Throm is a PDP candidate for the Bji_Kar-Tshog_Uesu constituency.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the Gaeddu College of Business Studies and worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the same college.

In 2015, he resigned from his post as an assistant lecturer and ventured into business in Haa town

Kelzang Phuntsho

Kelzang Phuntsho, 40, from Wangphu gewog in Samdrup Jongkhar will contest for Dewathang_Gomdar constituency in Samdrup Jongkhar.

While in schools and colleges, he received awards and certificates for academic excellence.

He also worked as a human resource officer, administrative officer, and data center manager in private ICT companies in Bhutan. He is currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer of Link Unify, an information technology company.

Kelzang Phuntsho has a Master of Business Administration with over 16 years of work experience in the private sector.

Ugyen Lama

Ugyen Lama, 33, a builder and an entrepreneur from Boogkha is PDP’s candidate for the Dophuchen_Tading constituency of Samtse. He contested in the 2018 National Council election.

He worked as a project engineer and has a wide range of experiences in the construction sector.

Ugyen Lama has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the College of Sciences and Technology.

Pempa

Pempa, 40, from Damji, Ketogkha under Bongo Gewog is the candidate of the PDP for the Bongo_Chapchha constituency in Chhukha.

He worked for over 10 years in the Royal Bhutan Army in various capacities. He participated as a National Council candidate from Bongo Gewog and later in the National Assembly elections.

He has a Bachelor’s degree from North-Eastern Hill University and a Diploma in office management from Bangalore India.

Lhaba Lhaba

Twenty-nine-year-old Lhaba Lhaba from Lungo village of Laya gewog in Gasa will contest for Khatoed_Laya constituency in Gasa.

After graduating in 2016, he joined a private firm as an accountant and then went through overseas employment offered by the Ministry of Labour in Kuwait.

He returned to Bhutan and joined the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law project in Paro as its procurement officer. He is currently running a restaurant in Thimphu town. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Gaeddu College of Business Studies.

Pema Wangchuk

Pema Wangchuk, 43, from Nanong Gewog in Pema Gatshel is the PDP’s candidate for the Nanong_Shumar constituency.

He has 20 years of working experience in both government and private sectors. He has expertise in government policies, laws, regulations, rules, and economic policies.

He is also a non-executive director, founder/adviser/consultant of various businesses to private companies, and a committee chairman of a business organization.

He currently works as the chief executive officer of a private company in Pema Gatshel.

Pema Wangchuk has a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Canberra and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from Southern Cross University, Australia.

Yeshey Nidup

Forty-eight-year-old Yeshey Nidup from Dauzor, Khaling gewog in Trashigang will contest for the Wamrong constituency in the upcoming National Assembly elections.

He started his career in 2001 as an assistant engineer with the Department of Roads and resigned as the chief engineer of Phuentsholing Thromde with over 20 years of working experience.

In addition, he also worked with a joint venture for the road widening and improvement project on Dewathang – Samdrupcholing Secondary National Highway.

He is a civil engineering graduate from the University of Roorkee, India. He did his Masters of Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in Canada; Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Tshering

A former member of parliament Tshering, 39, from Taba is the candidate for the North Thimphu constituency.

He has experience in media for three years, construction, real estate, and legislation having won the North Thimphu constituency by-election in 2016.

Tshering holds a Bachelor of Science in visual communications from Madras University in Chennai.