PDP nom­i­nates new north Thim­phu can­di­date

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

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.

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