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PDP sifting prospective candidates

With the upcoming elections, parties are either confirming incumbent candidates or are on the lookout for new candidates who will replace outgoing ones.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo and the Member of Parliament (MP) from the Dewathang – Gomdar Constituency in Samdrup Jongkhar, Mingbo Dukpa, will not contest in the 2018 elections due to the age factor, according to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary General Sonam Jatso.

“We are in the process of identifying candidates for replacement,” he added.

Sonam Jatsho mentioned that a committee will be formed to do this.

“We have a long list of candidates and they are being finalized. The best part is we are getting really getting good candidates this time,” he said, “From some constituencies, we have two to four people. We are in the process of selecting as of now.”

PDP will be holding its party convention in November. MPs and dzongkhag coordinators will attend the meeting during which office bearers along with the president and vice-president will be elected.

Sonam Jatsho said the party will most probably announce its candidates then.

Talks that the present cabinet ministers and serving MPs would be reshuffled were also doing the rounds but Sonam Jatsho said that it was just a rumor and nothing has been finalized so far.

He said that this will be decided only after the elections.

“But we are working hard for the coming elections.”

Further, the Secretary General also mentioned that the current serving MPs will be assessed by the end of the term and based on their performance and people’s choice, they will be assigned posts.

Meanwhile, it is confirmed that Sonam Jatso himself will be contesting from Gangzur-Minjey constituency of Lhuntse.

The opposition, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), held its party convention on August 26, the party’s third meeting after the 2013 elections.

DPT has already identified and introduced three new candidates: Phub Tshering from Lamgong – Wangchang constituency in Paro, Nim Gyeltshen from Athang – Thetsho constituency in Wangduephodrang and Kewal Ram Adhikari from Tsirangtoed-Sergithang constituency in Tsirang.

DPT won a landslide victory with 45 seats of 47 seats in the parliament during the first democratic elections. Today, DPT has 14 serving MPs.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu

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