Three candidates ready for Bumthang Thrompon election
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.”