Three can­di­dates ready for Bumthang Thrompon elec­tion

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Three can­di­dates are ready to con­test for the post of hrompon in Bumthang. The lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions which will be held soon in two con­stituen­cies.

Out of three, Pema Dawa and Pema Nam­gyal will con­test from Chamkhar con­stituency while Ugyen Dendup will com­pete from Gyal Lyon Khar. They are ea­gerly wait­ing for the ECB to con­form the date so that they can file the nom­i­na­tion.

Pema Dawa who is 63 years old is orig­i­nally from Tang. He joined teach­ing in 1970. He is en­ter­ing the fray with an ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in teach­ing as head­mas­ter in var­i­ous schools be­fore re­sign­ing in 2002, as prin­ci­pal from then Jakar high school.

Pema Dawa has a BA in Education from Univer­sity of New Brunswick, Canada and also at­tended NIE in Samtse and pur­sued school ad­min­is­tra­tion course from Univer­sity of Lon­don in UK.

Be­sides work­ing as a pro­pri­etor in ho­tel River Lodge, Pema Dawa also shoul­ders many so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the com­mu­nity.

He serves as the chair­man for the ho­tel as­so­ci­a­tion of Bumthang and Garpang com­mu­nity land de­vel­op­ment pro­ject. Pema Dawa also works as vice chair­man for mu­nic­i­pal waste man­age­ment which has a di­rect link to his goal.

“Since I was born and bought up here at Bumthang, and more­over I work­ing closely with com­mu­nity as busi­ness man, I per­son­ally feel I un­der­stand in and out of Bumthang.” Pema Dawa said. “I feel con­fi­dent to step for­ward for this post since I will be do­ing the same job which I am do­ing now for the peo­ple of Bumthang.” He added.

Pema Nam­gyal who is an­other as­pi­rant from Chamkhar has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Busi­ness Man­age­ment from Ban­ga­lore Univer­sity in In­dia. He worked with the Bhutan Na­tional Bank and Cen­tre for Bhutan stud­ies be­fore re­sign­ing to take over his par­ents’ busi­ness.

Pema Nam­gyal who trans­ferred his census from Jakar to Chamkhar was dis­qual­i­fied for thromde thuemi elec­tion in 2011, as he didn’t ful­fill census cri­te­ria of one-year res­i­dence then.

Pema Nam­gyal who is 32-years-old got an of­fer from Norbu Bhutan Travel, one of the lead­ing travel agent in Bhutan to work as re­gional man­ager rec­og­niz­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics since my col­lege days but could not de­cide my­self be­fore.” Said Pema Nam­gyal, the youngest can­di­date for Bumthang Thrompon.

How­ever, he is ready to com­pete against two sea­soned can­di­dates and serve the peo­ple of Bumthang.

Ac­cord­ing to Pema Nam­gyal, poor road net­work within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, sew­er­age prob­lem and drink­ing wa­ter short­age are some im­por­tant is­sues that need im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

Ugyen Dendup, 41 will be con­test­ing from Gyal Lyon Khar. He has a BSc de­gree and MSc in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ence from univer­si­ties of Aberdeen and Strath­clyde of UK re­spec­tively.

Ugyen Dendup re­signed from Men­jong Sorig Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal (MPS) in Oc­to­ber 2015 to com­pete in the up­com­ing elec­tions upon re­ceipt of writ­ten plea from the peo­ple.

“Since it all de­pends on the peo­ples’ vote, I now can’t say who will win. I am con­test­ing to of­fer a choice to the peo­ple.” Said Ugyen Dendup who worked 16 years in MSP. He was plea by the peo­ple for his long time ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­rial and ad­min­is­tra­tive affairs.

Ugyen Dendup who al­ready waited for the ECB’s an­nounce­ment for around three months said, “I went to Elec­tion Of­fice yes­ter­day and came to know that elec­tion for Bumthang will be held only by July.”

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