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PDP announces three more candidates

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) confirmed three more candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections during the national party convention on November 12.

Tandin Dorji, 41, will be contesting from South Thimphu Constituency, Dr Tobgay (PhD) will be contesting from Drametse-Ngatshang constituency in Mongar and Sonam Jatso will be contesting from Gangzur-Minjey constituency in Lhuntse.

Tandin Dorji worked as head of forest and fire management program under the Department of Forest and Park Services. He also served as a project manager and forest ranger officer under the department. He has 12 years’ experience in professional and management services. Tandin Dorji holds a Masters in environment from Australian National University, a postgraduate diploma in resources, environment and society and a Diploma in forestry science.

“Joining PDP was a choice incepted from a unique democracy,” he said adding he is inspired by Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay who is the party president again in 2018.

Tandin Dorji said that if he wins, his first move would be to implement the five year plan effectively with dedication and honesty in close consultation with people from all walks of life.

Dr. Tobgay (PhD), 43, holds a doctor of philosophy in geosciences.  He worked with the Department of Geology and Mines. Currently, he runs a consultancy.

He said after serving the government for 13 years and running a consultancy, he feels it is high time he served the nation in a different capacity.

“I thought joining politics would give me a platform to serve with renewed loyalty and dedication,” he said.

According to Dr. Tobgay, he joined PDP because the party is committed to empowering people for liberty, equality and prosperity by devolving power and authority to the grassroots.

“I have always believed that engaging people is the way forward to achieving their wishes and aspirations,” he said adding that PDP has a great leader “who is not just humble and hardworking but shows us how to chart a trail.”

The third candidate, Sonam Jatso worked with the Ministry of Finance and also worked in the private sector before contesting in the 2008 elections. Currently, he is the secretary general of the party. He holds a B.Com honors from Shri Ram College of commerce from India.“I joined politics because I believe it provides the best pathway to serve.”

Sonam Jatso joined PDP in 2007. “I am one of PDP’s founding members. I volunteered and served as party secretary general at its worst time, post-2008 elections, and beyond,” he said. He believes in PDP’s leadership, principles and values namely hard work, integrity, humility, and loyalty.

“I am also passionate about education. There is nothing more important than education in securing the future of our children and our nation,” said Sonam Jatso.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu

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