Parties trim for the higher-grounds

As far as speed goes, the roar of political activities is on a slump and it all seems quiet on the highway to 2013, the next democratic elections.

Nonetheless, on a quiet note, the new parties continue building their roots toward a firm party-foundation while the two existing parties, the ruling and the opposition parties have also activated sections of their party networks in-preparation.

Among the new parties the Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) has made significant headway in terms of membership.

Party sources said, BKP has confirmed 17 candidates and the party manifesto complete in its English version will undergo translation into Dzongkha. The BKP charter is in its final draft and will be launched very soon.

The Druk Chirwang Tshoogpa (DCT) has decided to stick to the party name after contemplating an English equivalent to rename the party in a recent meet.

Earlier the party called itself Democratic Socialist Party but the party members have unanimously settled for ‘Druk Chirwang Tshogpa’.

“We felt there is no need to translate the party name in English when we have a strong Dzongkha name,” said a party member.

DCT is also in preparation to register itself with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). A DCT member said the party will be registered, two months from now.

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), meanwhile, waits to identify a party President, so that it can complete registration as a bonafide party for 2013.

The DNT spokesperson said public opinions collected from its constituency meetings have been very promising.

On the People’s Democratic (PDP) front, things are not as smooth, as an established party is assumed to be credited-with; the failed deadline to clear its debt is a big reason.

“We hope to clear them within a week or two. We are positive about it,” confirmed PDP secretary general Yogesh Tamang.

Other aspects of party progress however, brighten the Opposition Party’s hopes as the secretary general puts-it.

“We are encouraged and overwhelmed by the increasing number of members,” he said.

The PDP charter still require works while the party plans to revisit its manifesto for relevant changes

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) stands-at-ease with its debt cleared while its foot-soldiers in the gewogs work to refine its touch on the voters.

“It is a high-time now, to wake up and do the ground works,” a party member said. The DPT enthusiasts will however wait for the current government to dissolve before they dive into active party promotions.

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  1. Bhutan is such a small country and we have six parties. It makes things easier for DPT to win next election very easily or either merge five parties together to become one. I hope 2013 will have a very different results, unlike 2008. 

  2. more the merrier……….we will have to wait and see………our voters went through a an unforgettable experience in 2008,,,and, and this time round, we surely should remain alert and not be carried away with sweet talks……… 

  3. Well! DMT(Druk Me-ser Tshogpa) is not even mentioned, people agree that the party will sweep the big votes. I have an issue with the party but i couldnot challenge their motiff. Anyone who goes into their office come out convinced that the party is undefeatable in their objectives, i hear youth are politically active and every youth accepts that this party is for them and they wont remain silent, ‘ i wont nod with anyones foolish manifesto’ said a young boy comming out of room no. 43 in Changlam plazza.
    I went there thrice, i never had guts to go inside…. May be it is a silent moving party.

  4. two many cooks(parties) are sure to spoil the broth (country)…too many parties for a small populated country…who will give votes?

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