Editorial

What the results tell us

Bhutan’s first ever primary rounds have thrown up several numbers and results subject to several interpretations. It has both confirmed and broken some conventional wisdom on the 2013 elections. One notion that was proven right was that the three top contenders are the DPT, PDP and the DNT with the …

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Right and responsibility to vote

  After all the talk and complaints at dinner tables, social gatherings and among friends, your ability or inability to cast your vote on the poll day will decide if you have an impact or not. A democracy, no matter how decentralized or free, with all its checks and balances, …

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Freedom of Speech during the 2013 Elections

Some recent instances have brought the issue of free speech during the 2013 elections to the fore. There was a formal complaint by the DPT against ‘anonymous users’ of defaming them, and violating social media rules. A look at the social media will show the other parties and its leaders …

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A season of manifestos

The manifestos of the political parties, compiled after much research and pain, reflect the unique visions and ideologies of the respective parties. The manifestos show the parties, old and new, have a firm grip on the ground realities and situation in the country. All of the manifestos have also included …

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Where we stand

For quite some time now, the former Prime Minister has been going around in the rural areas, refuting media reports on various issues, especially on the corruption scams like Gyelpozhing. The verdict on Gyelpozhing from the district court, and now, the high court prove otherwise. Though it is ethically and …

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Party Politics in Bhutan: Evolution or Degeneration?

P Political campaigning and the inevitable politicking by political parties that go with it are an important component of Bhutanese democracy. It allows for voters to make informed choices, and also gives them an opportunity to observe, at close quarters, their potential leaders in both positive and negative light. However, …

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Democratic ideals in the 2013 debates

An important aspect of the presidential public debates so far, is that most parties are promising, if voted to power, a strong and genuine democracy. Parties have also talked about ensuring that the people will not have to fear their government. They have also talked about strengthening transparency, fighting corruption, …

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A professional society or a hierarchical one?

Recently, a prominent doctor paid up to Nu 6 million to the RCSC, to leave the Health Ministry to join politics. There is another medical doctor who has announced his intention to leave the medical service for politics as well, probably during the general rounds.  This trend goes back to …

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Politics in the NC Elections

The recent case of a Mongar National Council candidate’s father announcing his intent to file a complaint with the Election Commission of Bhutan, on political interference by Druk Phuensum Tshogpa in the NC elections, is a matter of grave concern. The losing incumbent NC candidate from Bumthang and even the …

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Cautious, scared and clueless political parties

With the Primary round just a month away and the general elections just over two months away the biggest opponent for all the parties aspiring to replace the incumbent DPT is just not a muscular DPT but the parties themselves. While it is true that a big challenge for DPT …

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