DNT is not about in­di­vid­u­als – DNT pres­i­dent

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

The Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) has fi­nally put an end to spec­u­la­tion on the party’s com­po­si­tion by in­tro­duc­ing and hand­ing out party tick­ets to 46 can­di­dates of the to­tal 47 in a solemn cer­e­mony held at the Norkhil Bou­tique Ho­tel and Spa in Thim­phu yes­ter­day.

How­ever, the name of one can­di­date was not re­vealed as the party main­tained that he still has some for­mal­i­ties to ful­fill be­fore be­ing de­clared as the party’s can­di­date. The 47th can­di­date is likely to be the re­place­ment for DNT’s for­mer can­di­date from Dokar-Shari con­stituency in Paro.

Ad­dress­ing the con­gre­ga­tion dur­ing the launch, DNT pres­i­dent Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said they were bid­ing this day to bring out their can­di­dates all to­gether, bear­ing in mind that they have to con­form to elec­tion rules.

He added, “Here on, all the can­di­dates should pro­ject and work as Nyam­rups, as one, to­gether... so that we give peo­ple hope and work to­wards their dream.”

Dr. Lo­tay

Tsh­er­ing also men­tioned that the 2018 elec­tion is im­por­tant and that it would be the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

“To gauge a healthy trend of a demo­cratic process is to en­sure that op­por­tu­nity is ac­corded to ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party that as­pires to serve the peo­ple and the coun­try to the best of their abil­i­ties,” he said, adding that the Bhutanese elec­torates shoul­dered their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties well by elect­ing a govern­ment in 2008 and giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to the op­po­si­tion in 2013.

The DNT pres­i­dent said they are over­joyed by hav­ing achieved the strength and drive to of­fer peo­ple a choice in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

“If we work to­wards as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple and well­be­ing of the coun­try, ir­re­spec­tive of elec­tion out­come, we all win,” he said.

He added that they couldn’t rep­re­sent the peo­ple in the elec­tions in 2013. “Then it was the just the phys­i­cal fea­ture of the peach blos­som that was vis­i­ble to the peo­ple.”

Fur­ther, the pres­i­dent said, “DNT is about the team. Not about in­di­vid­u­als.”

“There are hun­dreds and thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als who are way bet­ter than us, in terms of ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ef­forts. But in our hum­ble ways, we come to­gether, un­der­stand­ing our coun­try is far more im­por­tant than pol­i­tics,” the pres­i­dent added.

Mean­while, go­ing by DNT’s com­po­si­tion, of the to­tal 46 can­di­dates de­clared yes­ter­day, 12 com­prise for­mer can­di­dates, who had rep­re­sented the party in the 2013 elec­tions. There are a to­tal of 34 new can­di­dates as of now.

In term of age, the youngest can­di­date is 25 years old and the old­est is 63 years old with a ma­jor­ity of can­di­dates in the age group of 36-45 years. There are five women can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing the party with ages rang­ing be­tween 25 to 45 years.

DNT main­tained that the can­di­dates bring in di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence from ex­per­tise in ICT, leg­is­la­tion, public health, so­cial de­vel­op­ment, and a univer­sity grad­u­ate.

The party also main­tained that the can­di­dates bring in with them a wide range of pro­fes­sion­als which in­clude young grad­u­ate, ed­u­cated farmer, five for­mer par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, three govern­ment sec­re­taries, con­trac­tor, jour­nal­ist, me­dia con­sul­tant, fi­nan­cial spe­cial­ist, eco­nomic spe­cial­ist, com­mu­nity worker

ICT ex­pert, re­searcher, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion­ist, film maker, pe­di­a­tri­cian, health con­sul­tant, en­gi­neer, en­trepreneur, con­sul­tant urol­o­gist, public health spe­cial­ist, econ­o­mists, man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tor, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and bu­reau­crats.

Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) team re­sponds to queries from the me­dia dur­ing the launch of the party’s can­di­dates yes­ter­day at the Norkhil Bou­tique Ho­tel & Spa in Thim­phu.

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