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Anti-social media?

The poll day of the general round of election is just five days away. What this means is that the political parties and supporters will go all out to make the most out of the few days before the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) calls 48-hour no-campaign period into effect. …

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The people deserve better

The 2018 elections are touted as the most inclusive yet. But given the developments we are witnessing today, this election could also become the most divisive electoral process the country has seen so far.  If the 2013 elections created divisions among the communities, this electoral process is dividing the country …

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Going beyond the limits

Some overzealous party supporters are going beyond the limits in working for the interest of the party for short-term gains. Recently, audio clips on social media dragging the institution of monarchy into politics went viral. This is in violation of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Article 2 Section …

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What the nation doesn’t want

The public debates for the candidates of the two political parties ended yesterday. And it ended well. At a time when the political parties and party supporters are going wild, stepping beyond the boundaries of the election rules and regulations to win the last vote from the constituencies, such debates …

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A wake up call

It is not just the political parties that are targeting our youth today. Given the large number of unemployed young people in the country, there are perhaps more scams offering them jobs than genuine employment opportunities in the market. As overseas employment programmes remain embroiled in alleged scams and labour …

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Of threats and fear 

Elections are a difficult national affair anywhere in the world. As we inch closer to the poll day, this fact is becoming all the more loud and pronounced. For a society that never had to fight for democracy but having come it is upon us to give it a fecund …

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On the eve of the election

Bhutanese, like the people in democratic countries, are witnessing how elections can unfold surprises, bringing the unexpected to power, and taking the most hopeful and confident out of it. The past two general elections demonstrated that elections are full of surprises, sometimes even surprising political experts and pundits. It’s our …

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Being responsible

With the election campaigns drawing close to the doorsteps, there have been concerns about the people voting along party lines. Regionalisation of politics is a sad development in electoral process. Such a trend, while offering short-term gain to political parties, is a cause of concern for democracy in Bhutan. It …

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Leveling the playing field

A mid a flurry of cross-allegations we are seeing this election, the election commission’s silence is the loudest. Party workers and candidates are accused of mudslinging and spreading false information. The recent case of DPT party workers allegedly misinforming people that DNT president’s meeting was cancelled in Trashigang is condemnable. To …

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For free and fair election

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) deserves praise for allowing candidates to talk to the electorate about their party manifesto and pledges in local dialect for at least 20 minutes after the common forum. For many communities language barrier has been a serious problem. When the voters are made to listen …

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Finding the real focus

Let us talk political debates. Because they are not only interesting, but also matter to the nation’s long-term dreams and objectives, the people are following closely and very intently. As we inch closer to the poll day, the two political parties are becoming increasingly nervous. Their plans and programmes are …

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The political debates

Unlike other times, the country is seeing some stress on the rule of law and affordability of political promises.  Given the grey areas in dos and don’ts and the chronic issue of funding the country grapples with, the promises our politicians are making have raised several questions from the people. …

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The risks of populist pledges

With just over two weeks left for poll day, the campaign period is heating up. Groups of villagers, yet to fully comprehend the implications of their votes are lured by various pledges, as the two presidents trot along the countryside. Some are confused while some are excited with the two …

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