Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) introduced its candidate for the Nyishu-Sephu constituency of Wangdue at the party’s head office in Thimphu on September 16.
Chimmi Jamtsho, 47, from Chhungserkha village, Phangyuel gewog, resigned voluntarily as deputy chief (human resource) from the education ministry in 2016. He holds a masters degree in human resource management from Edit Cowan University in Australia.
The candidate said that he did not resign from the civil service to join politics. “I didn’t think of joining politics when I resigned. I decided to join after DPT approached me,” he said.
He said that he joined the party with support from his family members and friends. “I was approached by other parties too.”
The father of two started his career in 1995 as a teacher after completing his Bachelors in Education from the erstwhile National Institute of Education. He became the principle of Radhi Junior High School in 1998 and was transferred to the Ministry of Education as a human resource officer in 2000.
Chimmi Jamtsho also worked as senior personnel officer in Punatshangchu hydropower project II. He said he was inspired to join DPT because of its ideology, which he said was based on the principles and pillars of GNH. “DPT is the party with leadership, ideology and vision.”
People’s Democratic Party’s Kuenga is the current MP from this constituency.
Chimmi Jamtsho is the fourth candidate DPT has announced for the 2018 elections. The first candidate it announced was former Paro dzongkhag tshogdu chairperson Phub Tshering for the Lamgong-Wangcha constituency.
The other candidates it has revealed for the upcoming elections are for Wangdue’s Athang- Thedtsho, Nim Gyeltshen, and Tsirang’s Tsirangtoed-Sergithang, Kewal Ram Adhikari.
The party said that most of its previous candidates are contesting and that it would not announce candidates for those constituencies where they would be contesting again. The party claims that it is “very comfortable” in terms of candidates.
DPT leaders say that it has been able to demystify the rumours that the party would not contest. With the announcement of candidates, they say that the party is gathering momentum for the elections.