After working for 12 years as Non-Formal Education (NFE) teacher, Karma Choden left the job to contest for the post of mangmi in Nubi Gewog in Trongsa.
“There is barely any woman candidates in the local election. I want to be an example and I want to encourage more women to run for various local government positions in future,” says the 33-year-old candidate.
She is not married and she thinks this work to her advantage. “It is more convenient for me since I am not married and do not have children. But that is not to say married women and those with children are not as equally able to serve the people,” adds Karma Choden.
She wants people to elect the right candidate, the better candidate, be it male or female. “People must know who will benefit them the most,” she says. “We should make that decision on our own. It’s our fundamental right to choose the candidate we think deserves to win.”
If elected, she would give her best to serve the gup and the people of her gewog.
“I am contesting in the second LG election with the hope that people will support me. However, if I am not elected, I will again contest in the third LG election,” says Karma Choden.