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The female candidate is re-contesting to inspire and encourage more women to contest in the local government elections

Yenten Thinley
from Bumthang

The 31-year-old former mangmi of Tang Gewog, Dechen Zangmo, is hopeful that she will win again and be back in office as the gewog’s mangmi.
From Dazur Chiwog, the 31-year old mother of two daughters is contesting in the election to encourage more women participants in the third local government (LG) election.
“In the first LG election, there was no women Tshogpa candidates from my chiwog and people asked me to contest,” she says. “But I decided to run for mangmi’s post since there were three Tshogpa candidates.”
The former mangmi who studied till Class X says she was initially doubtful if people would vote for her since she is a woman. “I was the first female candidate and I wasn’t really sure if I would win,” she adds. “But I wanted to participate, win or lose.”
Dechen Zangmo is still the only female candidate running for the post of mangmi in her gewog even in the upcoming LG election. “The main reason for re-contesting is because there are more men contesting and men dominate all local government posts,” she says. “If we look at our population, women comprise over 50% of the total population but barely 8% of them are in elected positions.”
Although she is determined, she has her moments of doubts. “I am re-contesting for the post but I can’t say whether people will support me or not, although they know how I had served during my tenure in the first LG election,” she says.
She will be competing with four other contestants.