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The mood

With all parties prepped to hit the campaign trail, the upcoming elections are expected to be an interesting episode in the country’s democratic process. It is projected to be a closely contested election with two parties having served their terms in parliament and the other two not yet being given …

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Looking to the future with clear vision

As we draw closer to the third election to the National Assembly, which is due to take place in less than a month’s time, it is time for us to take stock of things. This means looking back on the journey we have made together as a nation almost 111 …

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National Assembly Elections

With the royal decree calling the national assembly elections and election commission issuing the notification calling the elections, Bhutan has officially entered its third election period.  In less than a month’s time, the country will head to the polls for the primary round.  The commission has set September 15 as …

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If laws are failing, better measures must be sought

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has reported a startling rise in the number of cases related to drugs – abuse, peddling, and trafficking. In the last two years, close to 850 cases were referred to OAG for prosecution. The report is a significant document in that it makes …

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Being apolitical

When Bhutan was preparing for its first parliamentary elections, civil servants were mandated to remain apolitical. They must not attend political meetings. Then, the question civil servants asked was what does being apolitical mean?  Today, as the country prepares for the third national assembly elections the same rules, perhaps with …

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Cost of inefficient public transport system

Our failure to deal with rising vehicle numbers is coming home to roost. In Thimphu particularly, the problem of shortage of parking space has become so acute one has to drive for almost an hour to find a spot. During rush hours driving through any part of the city can …

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Drawing the line

Religious institutions shall remain above politics, the Constitution states. In implementing this constitutional provision, the election commission has stated that lams, monks and lay monks cannot join a political party or participate in the electoral process. They must remain above politics and cannot use their influence for the benefit of …

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Dog population has to be brought under control

The reign of the dogs has been long, but not alone is this a problem. It is becoming stronger. The rise in the number of stray dogs in the country is a thing to be worried about. A survey conducted between June and July this year indicates that Bhutan could …

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Who is lying?

In a democracy, elected officials are accountable to the people. We have institutions in place to perform the function of checks and balances. Media is one such institution that makes accountability possible. But going by the recent development, it appears that everyone, except the out-going government, is lying. Other political …

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Dangers of unregulated digital campaigning

The advent of social media in this day and age has changed the way we organise movements and engage public participation. The tools and platforms available to us today lend to wider reach and by much more efficient system of communication and advertising. In a society where illiteracy is fast …

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As the interim govt. steps in

The second democratically elected prime minister and his Cabinet formerly resigned from office yesterday. The elected government relinquished its office to the interim government, a constitutional obligation to ensure free and fair elections. Bhutan’s decision to have an interim government over a caretaker government is a conscious one. When a …

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Go out and vote

It has been a busy year for the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). Once the election date is announced following a Royal Kasho from His Majesty The King, election activities will gather pace. On the Commission’s part, laying things in order, as daunting as it can get considering the kind …

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The powers of local government

For the second time a drungpa is accused of battering a man. Samtse’s Tashichholing drungpa pulled the ears of his driver last year to discipline him. Now its Lhamoizingkha drungpa in Dagana, in a fit of rage, slapped and boxed a villager. The conduct of these civil servants who hold leadership …

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