No qualms about can­di­dates, say po­lit­i­cal par­ties

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Po­lit­i­cal par­ties main­tained that they have no prob­lem in field­ing can­di­dates to rep­re­sent their party in the 47 con­stituen­cies of the coun­try with the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions ap­proach­ing soon.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Sonam Jatso said the party has got all the 47 can­di­dates. “We are yet to an­nounce the names as some of the can­di­dates have not re­signed and are in the process to re­sign. Af­ter that we will an­nounce their can­di­da­ture,” Sonam Jasto, who will be con­test­ing from the Gangzur-Min­jey con­stituency in Lhuentse, said.

“We have a good team of can­di­dates, who are highly qual­i­fied and holds Ph.D and Masters. The can­di­dates also have good work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and hold good rep­u­ta­tion in the so­ci­ety and these were some of the fac­tors the party has looked for in a can­di­date along with their

ca­pa­bil­ity to win from their con­stituency and their achieve­ments,” Sonam Jatso said.

He added that there are also ex­cess can­di­dates in few con­stituen­cies, such as two to three can­di­dates want­ing to join as the party’s can­di­date.

PDP al­ready has 33 sit­ting MPs in the house, but it is not con­firmed who would make it in the list for the 2018 elec­tions. How­ever, there are talks do­ing the round of some can­di­dates be­ing re­placed due to age, re­tire­ment and per­for­mance.

The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced to the me­dia dur­ing the 36th MeetThe-Press ses­sion that civil ser­vants iden­ti­fied as can­di­dates will be re­sign­ing soon to join the PDP. Go­ing by me­dia re­ports, a to­tal of 14 new can­di­dates have been an­nounced till date.

The new en­trants com­prise cabi­net sec­re­tary Kin­zang Wangdi from Bartsham–Shong­phu con­stituency in Trashigang, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­er­nance Lungten Dorji from Pan­bang con­stituency in Zhem­gang, Trongsa Dzongdag Sonam Rinchen from Chu­mig– Ura con­stituency in Bumthang, and di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Na­tional Li­brary Dorji Norbu from Nganglam con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel.

The new PDP can­di­dates also in­clude Gele­phu Drungpa Sonam Tsh­er­ing from KharYu­rung con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel, Chief of Divi­sion of Kh­e­sar Gyalpo Uni­ver­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences Tashi Tob­gay from Bumdel­ing– Jamkhar con­stituency in Trashiyangtse, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion Gem Tsh­er­ing from Dog­a­rShaba con­stituency in Paro, Di­rec­tor of Thim­phu City Bus Ser­vice Sonam Dhendup from Mong­gar con­stituency in Mong­gar, and Prin­ci­pal of Yangchen­phug Higher Sec­ondary School Karma Dukpa from Nanong– Shu­mar con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel.

Con­stituen­cies such as Chumey-Ura in Bumthang, Mong­gar, and Dogar-Shaba in Paro are presently rep­re­sented by MPs from the op­po­si­tion party.

On the re­place­ment of some of the serv­ing MPs, Sonam Jatso said he can­not say any­thing on the is­sue as the Prime Min­is­ter had said that it would hap­pen at the end. “There is one more ses­sion for the par­lia­ment to sit,” he added.

How­ever, two can­di­dates of PDP, Ly­onpo Jigme Zangpo from Mong­gar con­stituency and the Speaker of the Na­tional as­sem­bly and MP Mingbo Dukpa from De­wathang– Gom­dar con­stituency in Sam­drup Jongkhar will not be con­test­ing be­cause of the age fac­tor.

And the for­mer PDP can­di­date Tsh­er­ing Cho­den, 46, has joined Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) as their can­di­date from KharYu­rung con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel (in place of for­mer health min­is­ter Zan­g­ley Dukpa).

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of DPT, Ugyen Dorji said the op­po­si­tion has also iden­ti­fied all their can­di­dates and have no prob­lem.

“We have ex­cess num­ber of can­di­dates and we are not able to de­ter­mine which can­di­dates would be bet­ter,” he added. DPT has so far de­clared 20 new can­di­dates through their Face­book page.

Mean­while, the four can­di­dates from DPT who would not be able to con­test in the 2018 elec­tions for rea­son be­ing past their age for pol­i­tics com­prise MP Yeshey Zimba from South Thim­phu con­stituency, MP Khandu Wangchuk from Lam­gong-Wangchang con­stituency in Paro, MP Zan­g­ley Dukpa from Khar-Yu­rung con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel, and MP Karma Rang­dol from Gangzur-Min­jey con­stituency in Lhuentse.

And some can­di­dates who will not con­test from DPT in the up­com­ing elec­tions in­clude MP Dechen Zangmo from NanongShu­mar con­stituency in Pema­gat­shel (re­placed by 33-year-old Lungten Nam­gyal), Kin­ley Dorji from Khamaed– Lu­nana con­stituency in Gasa (re­placed by 26-year-old Dhendup), Re­becca Gu­rung from Samtse con­stituency in Samtse (re­placed by KD Cham­ling), Lhatu from Wam­rong – Khal­ing con­stituency in Trashigang (re­placed by Karma Thin­ley), Ke­sang Wangdi from Kham­dang – Ram­jar con­stituency in Trashiyangtse (re­placed by Kinga Lo­day), and Udya Chan­dra Bhan­dari from Ser­githang-Tsir­ang Toed con­stituency in Tsir­ang.

For­mer DPT can­di­date Gyem Dorji from Ny­ishoSe­phu con­stituency in Wang­duepho­drang has also been re­placed by Chimi Jamt­sho, a se­nior per­son­nel of­fi­cer at PHPA II, and Pas­sang Thrin­lee from AthangThedt­sho con­stituency in Wang­duepho­drang con­tested in the Na­tional Coun­cil elec­tions this year and lost to in­cum­bent Tashi Dorji.

And for­mer in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter and DPT’s can­di­date from Shom­pangkha con­stituency in Sarpang in 2013 elec­tions, Nan­dalal Rai, has joined PDP for the 2018 elec­tions. Sim­i­larly, He­mant Gu­rung, who con­tested from Lhamoidz­ingkha-Tashid­ing con­stituency in Da­gana in 2013 elec­tions from DPT, has joined DNT. DPT has an­nounced Prem Ku­mar Khati­wara as their next can­di­date in place of He­mant Gu­rung.

The Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) is also com­fort­able with the num­ber and qual­ity of their can­di­dates, though the party has not re­vealed their names as of now. The party is pre­par­ing for its con­ven­tion which is sched­uled on May 13.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of DNT, Ten­zin Lekphell said, “We have iden­ti­fied 47 can­di­dates for the party and we are wait­ing for the right time to an­nounce their names. Whether to an­nounce their names in group or batch by batch is yet to be de­cided but soon the names will be re­vealed.”

He added that the list of the can­di­dates com­prises busi­ness­men and a few civil ser­vants. “The youngest in the party is 35 years old and 90% of the can­di­dates are mostly be­tween 40 to 50 years old,” he said.

The Bhutan KuenNyam Party (BKP), with its pres­i­dent as Dasho Neten Zangmo, has so far an­nounced 16 new can­di­dates with three women can­di­dates through their Face­book page.

The party has not re­vealed as to how many can­di­dates they have re­ceived so far re­ceived or if they are still head­hunt­ing for the can­di­dates.

Rid­dled with nu­mer­ous pot­holes, the de­plorable road a lit­tle away from the Thuenpa Puen Zhi round­about in Babesa to Zim­dra Au­to­mo­biles and Royal Thim­phu Col­lege has been des­per­ately beg­ging for re­pair for more than a year now.

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