Among the four aspiring political parties, the only two who have not yet registered themselves with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) are Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Mitser Tshogpa (DMT).
Bhutan Kuen-Ngyam party (BKP) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) have submitted their application and documents to be reviewed and registered to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).
The DNT spokesperson Dr. Tandin Dorji said that they would definitely register their party within next two months.
He said that they would like to have some idea on when the election date will be. Now that they know that it’s probably going to be in mid 2013, accordingly they would register.
“DNT is very much alive and is working steadily and progressively toward the registration, which the party will do in due time,” said the party spokesperson Dr. Tandin Dorji.
Asked about its party candidates he said that the party is not really focused on the party candidates for the last few weeks as they are mainly focus on seeking and confirming president of the party, which they feel as pivotal.
“Somebody who is credible with integrity and experience in government is what the DNT are looking for,” he added.
He added that it’s not that they are not giving importance to the candidates. At the moment the party has 33 candidates.
“We can’t fill all the 47 seats because we have to give opportunity to people to make up their minds,” he said.
He added that the candidates need to have choices as there are people who want to see their party president, their strength, their stand and what they intend to do to take the country forward.
“Then only they might decide to join which ever party and we are giving them the opportunity,” he said.
The DNT, spokesperson said that there is no question of persuading the members to join the party. One should decide to join the party.
Similarly the party is not persuading Dasho Chhewang Rinzin the managing Director of Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) to join the party. The party initially offered the party president’s post to the DGPC MD.
He has to make the final decision to join the party or not, said Dr. Tandin.
Meanwhile the party will confirm their party president within this month.
“Unless we confirm the party president we can’t register. So we are working toward confirming the party candidates,” he said.
The party would also aim to have many women candidates and till date they have seven women candidates and DNT hopes for more women candidates to join them.
The party spokes person said the existing seven woman candidates are mature and experienced and they are civil servants while few of them work for private sectors and consultancies.
DNT will focus more on economy and their manifesto will be on economy as they feel it is the most important issue faced by the country right now.
“The party will really develop an economic plan which is viable, feasible and implementable and at the same time it can solve the current crisis of the country,” he added.
The party according to the spokesperson is people-centric and values every individual’s voice and choice and is established in pursuit of country’s development. DNT believes in social democracy which is also the party ideology which the party believes will suit Bhutan for now and future.
DNT will promote social democracy, based on three principles of solidarity, freedom and justice. Therefore the party will work to provide every Bhutanese with equal opportunities to live a dignified life.
The party pledges zero tolerance to corruption, and demands full accountability at all levels and support social, political and economic justice.
And the party is committed to enable every Bhutanese to have right to freedom and pursue individual goals and enterprise within the law.
The Bhutan Kuen-Ngyam Party (BKP) submitted its application for registration with the ECB on 30 October, 2012 while the Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) submitted registration to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) on 1 November, 2012 as the second new party to enter the 2013 fray.
The DCT has confirmed the present Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF) executive director as its President while a prominent Historian-Author, Dr. C.T Dorji has also confirmed candidature with the party and is possibly the political advisor for the party.
Tshewang Tashi 46, from Langjophakha in Thimphu, was the first civil servant to confirm candidature with the BKP. Following that the BKP announced the names of three more candidates.
Gopal Mahat, 58, from Bichgoan in Tsirang will be the BKP candidate contesting from Patala-Tsirangtoe constituency, R.B. Rana, 58 is the Party’s candidate from Shompangkha constituency in Sarpang and Ugyen Dorji an entrepreneur will represent the Party from Jomotshangkha-Martshala constituency in Samdrup Jongkhar.