Majority of DPT’s serving MPs will recontest in 2023

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa

JAMYANG CHOPHEL | Thimphu

Most of the serving Members of Parliament (MP) from Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) intends to recontest for the 2023 parliamentary elections.

The office of DPT shared that 90% of serving MPs will be making a comeback. The DPT as the opposition has 14 members in the current government of which about 11 serving MPs intends to contest in the 2023 elections.

The general secretary of DPT, Sonam Tashi, said that though not sure, almost all serving MPs are going to recontest.

He said, “For most of the MPs, there are supports from the voters. They are seasoned politicians of the country.”

Most of the current MPs who are serving their third term, albeit not crossing the age limit, are making a comeback including the party president.

The Opposition Leader, MP of Panbang, Dorji Wangdi, MP of Dramdtse-Ngatshang, Ugyen Wangdi and MP of Bomdeling-Jamkhar, Duptho are three-term serving MPs while MP of Jomotshangkha-Martshalla, Norbu Wangzom, MP of Khengkhar-Weringla, Rinzin Jamtsho, MP of Dewathang-Gomdar, Ugyen Dorji and MP of Chhumig-Ura, Karma Wangchuk are two-term serving MPs. The rest are serving their first term.

The incumbent MPs of Bardo-Trong, Gyambo Tshering and Khar-Yurung, Tshering Choden are going to recontest for the upcoming elections. 

The MP of Bartsham-Shongphu, Passang Dorji (PhD) and Nanong-Shumar MP, Lungten Namgyel will also recontest.

The serving MP of Chhumig-Ura, Karma Wangchuk said that his objective to recontest is to offer choices to the voters.

Speaking to Bhutan Times, the Meanbi-Tsankhar MP, Choki Gyeltshen, has not yet decided whether to recontest or not. Other one or two more candidates have also indicated that they have not decided as yet.

However, the serving MP of Bomdeling-Jamkhar, Duptho, and one-term serving MPs of Wamrong and Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong, Karma Thinley and Dr Samdrup R. Wangchuk are not going to recontest for the 2023 parliamentary elections.

The Bomdeling-Jamkhar MP, Duptho, is resigning from the party on health ground while the MP of Wamrong Karma Thinley is quitting politics to pursue his PhD degree.

Meanwhile, DPT had declared Ten Gyamtsho, 52, as candidate for the Radhi-Sakteng Constituency, Trashigang, on 3 November while Namgay was introduced as the candidate for Tashicholing constituency, Samtse on 14 June for Bhutan’s fourth parliamentary election.

DPT is scouring for the best candidates from all the constituencies and the candidate selection committee are in the process of selecting the party candidates.

90% of candidate selection is completed which include two women candidates according to party insiders.

With the vision to contribute towards a vibrant democracy, where every Bhutanese would pursue happiness in an environment of peace, prosperity, equity, and justice, DPT is one of the two oldest political parties in the country founded in 2007.  It is the only a political party which served for three consecutive terms in the Parliament.