PDP nominates new north Thimphu candidate
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) nominated Tshering, 33, from Taba in Kawang Gewog, as the candidate for the by-election to be held in October.
The North Thimphu constituency was rendered vacant when MP Kinga Tshering resigned in August.
Tshering contested in the last National Council election in 2013. Before that, he worked in Bhutan Broadcasting Service for three years.
The candidate has completed BSc. in Visual Communication from Madras University, India, in 2009.
After losing the election in 2013, Tshering has been managing his sister’s construction company. “Although I lost the overall dzongkhag election, I won the North Thimphu constituency by a huge margin,” he said. “I never lost my hope to re-contest in the next election.”
The candidate who has been preparing to contest in 2018 elections decided to contest as PDP’s candidate upon the recommendation of the people of north Thimphu. “They told me that I must not choose the wrong party,” Tshering said.
“I am inspired by PDP’s hard work, integrity and commitment to uplift the wellbeing of all Bhuta- nese people,” he said. “It’s a party of integrity and Tha Damtshe to Tsawasum, and a party with sincere commitment to empower our people and our institutions.”
He said the prime minister visits as soon as the recent damage caused by the monsoon to grant them immediate relief, personally supporting and counseling the people. “He was fully committed to supporting the people during difficult times,” he said.
The 2008 north Thimphu candidate suffered from a prolonged illness and couldn’t represent in the National Assembly throughout his term.
In the second elections in 2013, the north Thimphu elected Kinga Tshering to represent them in the National Assembly. However, he resigned to pursue long-term studies abroad.
The PDP said it is con- fident that the candidate will represent to fulfill the wishes of north Thimphu. “We see the urgent need for the people to have a reliable and competent representative and we are committed to field such a candidate in the forthcoming by-election,” it said.
The PDP has never won north Thimphu constituency. “If our people give me an opportunity to represent them, I will be able to serve most effectively and make a huge difference,” he said. “Unlike the two former DPT MPs, I will not let our people down.”
The party said, “The serving government, our MPs and the party secretariat remain fully committed to supporting Tshering in all possible ways to fulfill his pledges to the electorate.”
The Lyonchhen has agreed to coordinate the campaign and electionrelated work.