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Television anchor and producer to contest council

Wangchuk Tobgyel, who has worked with Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) as a television anchor and producer for the past 11 years is one of the aspirants for National Council  (NC)for Thim Throm from Thimphu Dzongkhag.

Born and brought up in Thimphu, the 37 year old is a graduate from Pune University, India with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He graduated in the year 2005.

Talking to Business Bhutan he said, “Having served in BBS for last 11 years or so made me think that it is high time for me to look for a change in career.”

After having covered the proceedings of the house extensively, and having observed the same as a commentator during the sessions for almost a decade, Wangchuk Tobgyel decided to contest for the National Council elections since he feels the time is right now.

“I have finally convinced myself that I have known the mandate and the responsibilities of the house. I am now in a position to take up the mandate as enshrined in the Constitution if ever I am given the opportunity to represent Thimphu Dzongkhag,” he said.

He further said that in 2013, there were only three candidates who contested for NC from Thim Throm, Thimphu Dzongkhag.  “I want to give more choices to the people.”

Wangchuk is offering an alternate choice to the electorate in Thimphu. “I know that they would surely elect the right and the most capable candidate amongst the many choices offered to them,” he added.

This is his first time contesting for NC and his first and foremost expectation is to get elected so that he could get to serve those whom he represent.

He said he cannot say anything regarding his chances of getting elected for now but will definitely hope for the best.

“I am of the firm belief that people, after two rounds of parliamentary elections know their choices well and they do make right choices keeping in mind the larger interest,” he said.

His strength, he said, is that he is thorough with the mandate and responsibilities of the house.  “Having worked in BBS for more than a decade really helped me understand the functions of the house properly,” he said.

If elected, he said he will work hard and do enough homework for any assignment. He also said that any enactment or reviews to be done in the house would be based on proper research and public consultation than just expressing his personal opinions.

Asked about prospective opponents he said that more candidates would mean increased pressure and the race would be more competitive but in hindsight, he believes it is good for the electorate to have more choices so that they can choose the best.

Pema Seldon from Thimphu

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