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 altogether, 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.
Chencho Dema from Thimphu