The First Sitting of the First Session of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament was inaugurated on 4th of January 2016 in ‘The Great Fourth Auditorium of Democracy House’ in Kawangjangsa, Thimphu
The Ceremony with the Members of Bhutan Children’s Parliament was graced by the former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dasho Kunzang Wangdi as the Chief Guest and was attended by the Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commissioners, Secretary and Officials of the ECB as well as members of the Bhutanese Media and the 22 Escort Teachers from the 20 Dzongkhags.
The two Houses were in session till the joint session on 7thof January 2016 with the Concluding Session scheduled for today.
Dasho said he hoped that BCP would play a crucial role in contributing to the realization of the Vision of the Kings of a vibrant, just, harmonious and democratic Bhutan.
Dasho pointed out that BCP is intended to be the Mirror of the Chitshog that helps the Parliament of Bhutan see the truth, justice and sense of commitment to the well being of every man, woman, child of Palden Drukpa. He said it was reflection that helps MPs to defend the Security and Sovereignty the land of Palden Drukpa no matter at what personal consequences.
“I am hopeful that some day in the future parliamentarians will mostly be from amongst all of you who go through BCP,” he added.
He thanked the Judiciary, Parliament of Bhutan, Lhengye Zhungtshog, Ministry of Education, Dzongdags, DEOs and the ECB family for their undivided support in making BCP a reality. He gave special thanks to all the schools, that were bold and enthusiastic enough to rise up to the challenge of introduction of Democracy Clubs and with great keenness participated in the formation of the BCP.
The former CEC said that the Children Parliamentarians should be such that it would even make the adult Parliamentarians take a cue from. “I am certain your proceedings will be of highest standard and the nature of the issues deliberated and resolutions passed would automatically draw the attention of the National Houses and be considered worthy of their deliberations at the National level,” said Dasho.