T/gang NC candidates start door-to-door campaign

The seven National Council (NC) candidates from Trashigang kicked off their door-to-door campaign yesterday.

The candidates were nominated from the 15 gewogs and a throm in the dzongkhag.

They were briefed on the election code of conduct for campaigning in the election office on March 22.

The door-to-door campaign will last till March 25 while the first common forum in the dzongkhag will begin from Bidung Gewog on March 26 and end at Lumang Gewog on April 10 as planned and scheduled by the returning officer.

Chheki Wangchuk, 52, NC candidate from Shongphu Gewog said that if he is elected, he will synergize his experience of working in different fields as an academician, development worker and management personnel for more than 26 years to his people’s advantage.

“My work has put me in direct touch with people from diverse age-groups and backgrounds,” he said.

According to Chheki Wangchuk, his passion to serve the country from a different position now arises from his understanding of the aspirations of the people and the challenges they face.

Another Trashigang NC candidate, 52-year old Lhatu, the former DPT Member of Parliament from Wamrong, said that the people of Trashigang will not regret electing him as their candidate as he has the experience of serving as MP for the last five years. “I can understand the lawmaking process as I have five years of experience as a MP and I can better understand my people’s needs and wants.”

Additionally, he cited his stint with Mountain Hazelnut, an FDI venture, as a plus point which offered him extensive travel and interaction opportunities with his people.

Thirty-one year old Pema Wangda, NC candidate from Udzorong Gewog believes that the people will elect him as their candidate because from primary school till college, he has taken on the responsibility of a student leader and has a lot of servant-leadership experience.

“I completed the Desuung training and a leadership course and worked in a travel agent as a manager for the last seven years.”

Radhi NC candidate, SonamTobgay, 38, said he worked 12 years in civil service.

“I feel now is the right time for me to serve in the NC.” He added that he has dealt with a cross-section of the society and can understand their aspirations.

He feels he has a good perspective of issues the people of Trashigang face.

NC candidate from Bartsham, Ugyen Phuentsho, 25, is optimistic the people will elect him as he has a vision for a better tomorrow. “Youth can be the driving force behind innovation and creativity. I will be the voice of the voiceless and work toward shaping the nation’s future.”

As he went through many hardships as a farmer, businessman and a layman, he hopes to act as a bridge between the common man and the higher authorities.

Chador Wangmo, a Trashigang resident said that she is excited about the upcoming NC elections as all the candidates are equally capable and have different development plans and strategies. “I will be happy irrespective of who wins.”

Another resident from Trashigang said that electing one of the seven candidates will be tough.

The public debate will take place in Sherubtse College’s multipurpose hall on March 31.

NC candidates from Samkhar gewog and Thrimshing gewog, Jamayang and Ugyen Dorji, did not respond to Business Bhutan.

Jigme Wangchen from Trashigang