Utah leadership goes to youths


The Bhutanese Community in Utah (BCU) elected mostly  young leaders  for the seven-membered board of directors for a two years term this Saturday, December 24, through an election held at a local LDS church in Salt Lake city, Utah.

Resettled Bhutanese in Utah cast their votes for community leadership (Picture : Khem Kafle/BNS)

According to a press statement issued by the election committee, Bhim Kumari Sapkota, Chudamuni Dulal, Dina Rizal, Harka Biswa, Kedar Dhakal, Mukti Bhurtel and Yogesh have been elected to the board of directors.

 “The election was held from 9am to 4pm local time, where 553 persons cast their votes,” Tara Acharya, who chaired the election committee said.

It is learnt that the election committee also provided early voting opportunity on Friday  to allow maximum members to avail themselves for vote considering their job schedules and other situations.

The newly elected youths vowed to work hard for better addressing the community and  organizational issues.

The election held in a free and fair atmosphere was observed  by Gerald Brown,  Director and  Joseph Nahas, the Community Capacity Building Specialist from the State Refugee Office, claimed the statement.


  1. Well done Bhutanese brothers and sisters in Salt-lake city. I also hope that the newly and democratically elected members under the chairmanship of Tara Acharya will work for the welfare of the community.

  2. please please all refugees from jhapa….get rid of these thugs who called themselves leaders & send them back to jhapa tp practice btheir camp politics. all refugees u r looked after by the refufugee agencies in every states & u dont nee d these thugs to rule ur life as they did in jhapa.
    u dont need them.

  3. Refugees can be represented by members of the same community that went through all the turmoils. Dorji tamu’s views that “refugees are looked after by refugee agencies” should not be bought to do away with electing responsible representatives.

    To my view, such practice is redundant only if you are not aspiring to keep the Bhutanese Identity in the new homes and hoping some day to repatriate back home to original home country of Bhutan.