PDP declares seven candidates
It comprises 2 former government secretaries, 3 NC MPs who served the 2008-13 tenure, a director and an environmentalist Staff Reporter The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) declared seven candidates for the upcoming 2018 elections on May 14, 2018.
Recognizing the fact that there is a lack of credible and capable leaders joining politics, PDP has conscientiously worked towards attracting the best of the candidates to join the party. Such endeavors by our party’s primarily stems from our belief that good, credible leaders are not only necessary but also vital in the democratic process. Therefore, one of the main priorities of PDP for 2018 is to provide a crop of credible leaders as choice for the people of Bhutan.
All of our seven candidates are formidable leaders having served as parliamentarians and bureaucrats at the highest level of the government. They bring along many years of experience in various fields and their diversity of leadership has further strengthened our party.
They have served in different leadership capacities their entire life and PDP is grateful for their public service to our nation. As they begin a new chapter in their career as our candidates, we are confident that they will continue to contribute to the process of nation building and strengthening of our democracy.
Former Foreign Secretary Tshering Dorji is the new PDP candidate from Kabjo-Talo Constituency in Punakha Dzongkhag.
In his career spanning 32 years as a civil servant, Tshering Dorji has served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and twice as Ambassadors, to Thailand and Bangladesh. He also served as Managing Director of National Housing Development Corporation and Dzongdag of Samtse and Pemagatshel among others.
Tshering Dorji has a Master of Science in Management from Arthur D. Little School of Management, Massachusetts, USA.
Former National Council MP Kaka Tshering is PDP’s candidate from Lamgong-Wangchang Constituency in Paro Dzongkhag.
He brings along with him five years of experience as a parliamentarian having served as Paro’s representative to the Upper House from 2013 to 2018. For many years, Kaka Tshering served as a teacher and principal in several high schools across the country. He also served as Chief Election Officer with Election Commission of Bhutan and as Managing Director of Bhutan Times. He was PDP’s candidate from Lamgong-Wangchang Constituency in the 2008 parliamentary elections.
Kaka Tshering has a Master’s in Education from University of New England, Australia.
Former National Council member Sonam Dorji is the new PDP candidate from Drukjeygang-Tseza Constituency in Dagana Dzongkhag.
He is an experienced parliamentarian hav- ing represented Dagana Dzongkhag in the National Council for two terms, in 2008-2013 and 20132018. Prior to that, Sonam Dorji was a manager with the Bank of Bhutan.
Sonam Dorji has Bachelors in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College, North Point.
Former Cabinet Secretary Kinzang Wangdi will be contesting as PDP’s candidate from BartshamShongphu Constituency in Trashigang Dzongkhag.
He has worked for 19 year in the Ministry of Agriculture, 11 years as the Head of the Livestock Research Program in Bhutan and six years as Dzongdag of Gasa, Wangduephodrang and Sarpang Dzongkhags. He also served for three years as the Secretary General in the National Assembly Secretariat before becoming the Cabinet Secretary.
Kinzang Wangdi has a Master’s of Science in Agronomy from Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Sangay Khandu is the new PDP candidate from Trashichhoeling Constituency in Samtse Dzongkhag.
Sangay Khandu is a proven leader from Samtse. He served as the National Council MP from Samtse from 2013 to 2018.
A household name in Samtse, Sangay Khandu began his political career before democracy when he was elected as a Gup in 1996 and served as the local leader for two years. Then he went on to serve as the Chimi and was elected as the first chairperson of the Samtse Dzongkhag Tshogde from 2001 to 2007. In the same period, he served as the representative of the erstwhile National Assembly where he was the chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the National Assembly.
Sangay Khandu has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Rangsit University in Thailan
Sonam Dendup is the new PDP candidate from Monggar Constituency in Monggar Dzongkhag in eastern Bhutan.
Sonam Dendup recently resigned as the Director of City Bus Service prior to which he served as a program officer under the Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Information and Communications.
He also served as the Regional Transport Officer in Samdrup Jongkhar. He also served as the Project Director of the Chiphen Riphel Project, which was a human capacity building project designed to transition Bhutan into a modern knowledge society.
Sonam Dendup has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Australian National University, Australia.
Gongsar Karma Chhopel is the PDP candidate from RadhiSagteng Constituency in Trashigang Dzongkhag. He served as Chief Environment Officer of Punatsangchhu I Hydroelectric Project Authority and Chief Environment Officer of National Environment Commission. He also served as Water Resources Specialist and Quality Expert for Bhutan and overall focal person on water and aquatic resources. In addition, Gongsar Karma Chhopel also served as Chairperson of Bhutan Water Partnership, Global Water Partnership South Asia and Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR) in Kobe, Japan.
Gongsar Karma Chhopel has a Master of Science in Aquatic Biology from Texas State University, USA.