A delegation of South Asian chief election commissioners led by Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan called on Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang on October 2, 2013.
Lyonchhen extended his warm welcome to the delegation and thanked them for having chosen to meet in Bhutan.
Lyonchhen said, “It reflects the personal friendship that exists among the South Asian countries. The collective moral support each of us provides to the other is very important. I am very honoured to meet you all.”
Lyonchhen asserted that it is a matter of great pride to know that the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) performed exceedingly well to ensure that the elections were smooth and successful. Lyonchhen thanked Dasho and ECB for their service and hard work rendered during the general elections.
“We are fortunate that the election results were accepted peacefully and the rule of law was respected by all. It shows that we have high ideals and that we are true to the principles,” Lyonchhen added.
The delegation thanked Lyonchhen and said elections would be more fulfilling and proficient if ethical value systems are incorporated and imparted in the democratic process.
Lyonchhen told the delegation that the success of democracy in Bhutan is attributed to the noble monarchs who gifted the country with a secure democratic system that did not suffer from any sort of internal strife. Lyonchhen said that all aspiring politicians should bear in mind the example set by our Kings and continue to abide by the rule of law.
Dasho Kunzang Wangdi said that democracy was introduced in an accepted pace and the ECB’s sole responsibility is to serve the people of Bhutan by ensuring that the elections result in a vibrant democracy.
Bhutan is hosting the 4th meeting of the Forum of Electoral Management Bodies of South Asia. The meeting commences in the capital from today.