Even as the council election is drawing closer, individuals are coming forward, expressing aspirations to contest in it.
The latest one is Tenzin, who had served as Gewog Administrative Officer (GAO) of Soe gewog under Lingzhi dungkhag. In seeking nomination from Laya, he will be the first aspirant from the gewog.
The 32-year-old is the dzongkhag’s third aspirant with former councillor Sangay Khandu from Khatoe and Yeshey Dorji from Khamey gewog already in the race. They will, however, also have to confirm nomination from their respective gewogs.
With an Honour’s degree in Geography from Sherubtse college and three years of work experience in civil service, Tenzin said his motivation was primarily driven by his passion to represent his gewog.
He also wanted to motive youth in his community.
“Young people in my village have this misconception that only rich people have the opportunity to join civil service or stand for elections,” he said, adding during the first parliamentary elections, the gewog didn’t see any candidate for both council and assembly elections.
“I want to put an end to this notion,” he said.
Further, Tenzin said it was also the people in his community who approached him for the candidature.
After completing his fifth grade, Tenzin said he encountered a situation where he had to make his own living while pursuing school at the same time.
Having endured a lot and having worked in a remote place like Lingzhi, Tenzin said he understood the problems people in remote communities faced.
Despite having a family to feed, parents to be taken care of and a lot of other responsibilities, he said he gave up his job feeling he could contribute a lot in terms of helping people in Gasa.
Tenzin also said it was not so much about work experience but the motivation to work towards welfare of people that should be considered.
If elected, Tenzin said he would adhere to the council Act which mandates visiting constituencies twice every year, stress on balanced regional development and assist people to work in line with the plan in place.
By Tshering Wangdi