Dasho Tshering Tobgay is the co-founder and president of the first politically registered party, the People’s Democratic Party. He is also an active environmentalist and cultural advocate. Now he is also a De-suup who has served tirelessly during the pandemic fulfilling the aspirations of His Majesty the King and safeguarding the country. Before taking his interest in politics, Dasho has served in various public sectors since 1991. He became the first elected Opposition Leader from 2008- 2013. Subsequently, he became the second Prime Minister of Bhutan from 2013- 2018.
For his dedicated and outstanding service as a Prime Minister of Bhutan to Tsa-wa-sum, His Excellency was also awarded the Lungmar- one of the highest honours by His Majesty the King on 17 December 2014. After appearing on countless global forums advocating about the environment and GNH, he was awarded the “Prestigious German Sustainability Award” in 2016. Further, he was also presented with the “Distinguished Leadership Award” by the UN for his exceptional leadership quality.
Dasho has emerged as one of the Bhutanese popular figures in international forums and he is known for his dedicated, loyal and exceptional leadership in the country.
Constituency: Vice President (Thrimshing_Kangpara)
Dasho Dorji Choden is the Vice President of the People's Democratic Party. Dasho made history as Bhutan's first female engineer and the country's first female minister from 2013 to 2018. Before joining politics, Dasho held key roles in the public sector.
She was one of the first commissioners of the Anti-Corruption Commission and played a vital role in its establishment. She also served as the Director of the Standard and Quality Control Authority, ensuring consumer product quality and safety.
Her dedication to Bhutan was honoured in 2016 when His Majesty The King awarded her the Red Scarf, one of Bhutan's highest honours. Dasho Dorji Choden's contributions have left an indelible mark on Bhutan.
Assigned Gewogs: Bartsham
Constituency: Secretary General
Kuenga Tashi is the Secretary-General of the People's Democratic Party. Kuenga is a former broadcast journalist at Bhutan Broadcasting Service. In addition to his journalism, Kuenga served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Sheruntse College, teaching media and communication to college students.
Kuenga's decision to join the People's Democratic Party was driven by his belief in visionary leadership, a capable team of candidates, and the party's exemplary track record.
Assigned Gewogs: Chhoekhor , Tang
Kuenzang Thinley, aged 39, hails from Bumthang and has joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as the candidate for the Chokor-Tang constituency since 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a specialization in marketing from the University of Bengaluru, India. Kuenzang has dedicated 14 years of his career to the tourism and hospitality industry.
Deeply connected to his community, Kuenzang actively volunteers in various capacities for community development. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the General Secretary of Games and Sports in the Bumthang Sports Association, focusing on engaging youth in sports activities. In 2019, he was elected as the General Secretary of the Hotel Association of Bumthang, where he worked with owners to enhance infrastructure and promote tourism in the region. Additionally, he served as a member of the Dzongkhag Business Development Committee of Bumthang under the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Recognizing his commitment to community welfare, in 2021, Kuenzang Thinley was elected as the General Secretary of the Bumthang Health Association, an organization supporting the health sector in Bumthang. He actively contributes to planning, financial support, and development activities in hospitals and Basic Health Units (BHUs) in Bumthang Dzongkhag. With his extensive experience in various domains and his dedication to community service, Kuenzang is well-equipped to serve and support the people of Bumthang in their time of need.
Assigned Gewogs: Chhumig , Urahh
Sonam Rinchen is the candidate representing the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the Chhumig-Ura Demkhong of Bumthang Dzongkhag. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Before venturing into politics in 2018, Sonam Rinchen dedicated about 15 years of service in the Royal Civil Service Commission Secretariat where he served in various capacities from 1984. Following this, he assumed the role of Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications for a period of 4 years. Subsequently, he held the position of Chief of Planning and Policy in the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement for another 4 years.
Sonam Rinchen's expertise led him to be transferred to the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, where he served as the Director of the Department of Human Resources for a period of 4 years. Furthermore, he also served as the Director of the Department of Occupational Standards within the same ministry for an additional 4 years.
From 2014 until his retirement in 2018, Sonam Rinchen served as the Trongsa Dzongda. Following his retirement, he dedicated three years as the Senior Project Director of the Trans Bhutan Trail Project.
With extensive public service for more than 34 years, he brings valuable knowledge and expertise to address the needs of the people in the Chhumig-Ura Constituency.
Pempa from Damji, Ketogkha under Bongo Gewog has served more than 10 years in the Royal Bhutan Army in various capacities. He participated as an NC Candidate from Bongo Gewog and later in the NA elections.
The 40-year-old has a Bachelor’s degree from North Eastern Hill University and also a Diploma in office management from Bangalore India. He is married with three children.
Pempa says he chose the PDP because it has an able leader in the former PM, diverse experiences having been in both opposition and government, a great team of candidates, and a track record of putting its money where its mouth is.