The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) declared yesterday that there would be no change in the line-up of the party candidates for the general elections.
“We have 47 candidates for the 47 constituencies, each one is selected on the basis of his/her merit, and the capacity to contribute to the nation as members if elected to the national assembly,” said former Prime Minister and DPT president Jigmi Y. Thinley.
Regarding the speculations on DPT and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) trying to attract candidates from Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), he said that DPT has no idea of what is happening behind closed door in the series of DNT meetings happening, and that his party does not have a reliable sources or information on the possibility of a merger between PDP and DNT.
“DPT is opposed to any kind of mergers and horse-trading that would possibly compromise some of the constitutional provisions and the constitutional intents,” he said.
Former Lyonpo of agriculture and forests (MoAF) ministry, Dr Pema Gyamtsho who is the vice president of political affairs of DPT said, “The idea of holding primary elections was to filter two parties for the general elections, and if the party or the candidates are allowed to merge, the whole process is disturbed.”
The DPT highlighted that those parties who have planned to merge will not only compromise the party’s own values, principles, and ideologies, but also will raise questions on ethics and morality beyond the possibility of constitutional provisions being violated.
“The intent of participating is not to win and form the government, it should be based on party principles and ideologies, and party should not compromise on what they stand for,” said Dr Pema Gyamtsho.
The DPT viewed the primary elections as a process where parties offered an alternative choice for the people to choose from, based on clear ideologies, visions, principles, and set of programs for socio-economic, and political development of country.
“During NC elections, the choice is based on the individual merit, whereas in NA, the ideologies and philosophies must be taken into considerations,” said DPT president Jigmi Y. Thinley.
The DPT president said having a strong opposition is not necessary.
He said DPT as a government for the last 5 years has strengthened, and given full support to the creation of a very effective check-and-balance system, given effectiveness to the over-side mechanism that have been established in accordance to the constitutional provisions with very strong and efficient judiciary system, an objective National Council, a powerful Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), totally independent Royal Audit Authority (RAA), and completely independent media.
The DPT president said the party has no plans to replace any of its party candidates.