PDP declares nine more candidates

The new candidates with the President and Vice President of the Party (Pic: PDP) 

The party had also declared 11 candidates on 11 November last month

JAMYANG CHOPHEL | Thimphu

Gearing up for the 2023 elections, the People’s Democratic Party has introduced nine additional candidates.

While one candidate from the Radhi-Sagteng constituency is new, the rest are being declared for reconfirmation of their candidature. Some of these candidates are past Members of Parliament, while a few others have contested past elections.

PDP declared 11 candidates on 11th November last month. Now, a total of 20 candidates have been officially declared for the 2023 election. PDP has 18 new candidates from the 47 confirmed candidates.

Former Zhemgang Dzongdag, Harka Singh Tamang, is from Gelephu Constituency in Sarpang. He has a BA (Hons) in Urban Geography from DAV College, Chandigarh, India.

Harka started his career as a trainee officer in the erstwhile Planning Commission and has served in various posts in his career spanning 34 years. Among others he served as a Zonal Planning Officer, Under Secretary, Deputy Director, Joint Director of RSTA, and executive secretary of Gelephu Thromde.

Former NC member Kamal Bahadur Gurung is the PDP candidate from Kilkorthang-Mendrelgang Constituency in Tsirang Dzongkhag.

He started his career as a computer engineer and also served as an Executive Engineer and Senior Project Manager in erstwhile DOP and in Bhutan Power Corporation. While in BPC, he executed Rural Electrification Projects in Tsirang and Dagana for the electrification of households in the two dzongkhags. He also co-founded the CSI-funded Tsirang Organic Farm in 2020.

While as the NC member from 2013-2018, he served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee and as a member of the Ad-hoc Committee for Review of Public Procurement Policy and Strategies.

He also served as a member of the Special Committee for Review of Hydropower Policies and Strategies and Joint Committee member for the Amendment of the Local Government Act.

He pursued his master’s of engineering in Energy (Electric Power System Management) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and has 29 years of experience working in civil service, corporation and in the Parliament of Bhutan.

Rinzin Dorji will represent the party from Phuntsholing Constituency. Having served as a Gup before venturing into politics, he has gained comprehensive knowledge about the ground realities of the local community.

Apart from being the first graduate Gup in Bhutan Rinzin was also the MP from Phuntsholing Constituency in the National Assembly from 2013 to 2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Sherubtse College, Kanglung.

Novin Darlami is the PDP candidate from the Sergithang, Tsirang Toed constituency of Tsirang who also served as the MP from 2013-2018. Before joining politics in 2013, Novin worked as Business Strategist for The Bhutanese newspaper from January 2012 to August 2012.

During his tenure in the NA, he served as the chair of the Economic and Private Sector Development Committee, member of the Women and Youth Committee, and also as a member of the Legislative Committee.

He did his master’s in Business Administration specializing in marketing and human resources from Bangalore University, India.

A former banker, Phuntsho Dhendup, is the PDP candidate for the Nubi_Tangsibji constituency of Trongsa. He served as the branch manager of BDBL in Trongsa before resigning to join PDP in 2018.

He has a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) with a specialization in finance from Gaeddu College of Business Studies.

Former Assistant Auditor General, Chandra Bdr. Gurung, is PDP’s candidate from Lhamoi Dzingkha –Tashiding Constituency in Dagana Dzongkhag.

Chandra is an award-winning auditor and he resigned in 2018 at the peak of his popularity to join Politics believing truly in serving the nation through honest politics. He has a Masters in Environmental Management and Development from Australian National University, Australia.

40-year-old Pema Drukpa from Gasa is a proven political leader and management expert. He served as an MP from 2013-2018. Pema also contested in the 2018 parliamentary election and won from his constituency.

Pema served as the Project Manager at Trans Bhutan Trail (TBT), a successful project in the country. Pema has a B. Sc in Biochemistry from St. Joseph College, Darjeeling, India. Pema is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Canberra.

46-year-old Kuenga from Gyelekha under Nyisho Gewog is the PDP candidate for the Nyisho-Saephu constituency in Wangdue Phodrang. He served as an MP from 2013-2018. As an MP, he served as the Chair of the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Good Governance Committee.

Kuenga is known for his honesty and simplicity, and is well-connected with the people. Prior to joining politics in 2013, he served as a teacher for over 7 years and is passionate about education, learning and teaching. He has bachelors in Dzongkha from Sherubtse College and a PG in Education from Samtse College of Education.

Sonam Wangchuk, a communications specialist, health expert, and hardworking man joined PDP to contest the seat from the Radhi_Sagteng constituency. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Canberra.

Coming from a very humble family background, he understands people’s problems, which dragged him to join politics to serve the people. With his wide range of experiences for 26 years, he is inspired to join PDP for a Better Druk Yul. He hails from Radhi.

The party says that in the last five years, they have been working in various important institutions taking on critical roles and responsibilities. Their experience, knowledge and commitment to national service remains an added value to the party to serve the country better.