PDP de­clares seven can­di­dates

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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.

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