Sunday, April 20th, 2014 - 1:01 PM

Even the bested has a role to play

Many, following developments of the political parties and the processes, were disheartened to see of one of the five in the race tail away recently.

To watch a party that did what it could to make it to the primary round of National Assembly election being screened out, before they could even hit the racetrack, indeed brings a sense of anticlimax.

The primary round was one platform, from which a political party could gauge itself and feel, [... Read More]

And then there were four …

Last evening, as news spread that Bhutan Kuen Nyam party (BKP) had been disqualified from contesting the primary round since it did not have candidates from Gasa dzongkhag, the electorate reacted with empathy.

A little while later, homes across the country watched in silence as BKP’s president, through a live broadcast on BBS, responded with calm and composure to the devastating news, gathered from social media, about the disqualification.

At the BKP office, party members and supporters [... Read More]

The ‘fun’ has just begun

What a day it was for some political parties yesterday, racing against time to drop their letters of intent at the doors of the election commission.

Shaky hands holding lofty documents in one hand and mobile phones of fitful rings in the other, functionaries of some political parties were running from one place to another on a pedestrian Sunday to have the documents bound or covered.

Never would have party workers been so awestruck than finding out [... Read More]

The pre-primary prerequisite

There is barely any time left for parties to submit their letter of intent to contest the primary round, but the drama is not quite over.

Yesterday, a doctor of the JDWNR hospital coughed up a cheque of Nu 6.2M to the royal civil service commission, to pay off his service obligations and join politics.

Another party was busy looking into whether they need to make a last minute change of a candidate announced a day earlier, [... Read More]

In the public eye

With only three days left to submit the letter of intent to the election commission to contest the primary round, it’s now or never for the five political parties.

At this stage, for most parties, it is perhaps no longer about going for the best candidate, but going with what you have.

Some of the requirements of the letter of intent are parties must have confirmed candidates for all 47 constituencies, along with attested academic transcripts, a [... Read More]

A potent mix

The Poverty Analysis Report 2012 has been one document that many people have been waiting for.

This is the document that would indicate whether the DPT government has met the central goal of the 10th plan – to reduce poverty from 23 percent to 15 percent during its five year term that just concluded.

The report says that (income) poverty has come down to an estimated 12 percent, or that its prevalence has been almost halved in [... Read More]

Not to fall at the first hurdle

Ever since the election commission announced the dates to submit the letter of intent to contest the elections, which is five days from now, members of the political parties and their teams have been running in and out of meetings, and making frantic calls to make last minute confirmations.

It’s like the last dash to the finish line.

Thankfully for the political parties, the recently held council elections has left a pool of 47 people that were [... Read More]

Time to put up or shut down

It’s tense times for the political parties.

Going by the election commission’s announcement yesterday, the parties wishing to contest the primary and general elections need to submit their letter of intent by May 5 to the commission.

This means that they have less than a week to have all 47 candidates in place, and with all the required paperwork.

As of now, none of the political parties have officially declared all 47 candidates, not even DPT, which has [... Read More]

General election is good to go

With two royal decrees announcing the interim government and assembly poll dates, the country is now well on its way to its second historic elections that will elect a new assembly and government for another five years.

As required by the Constitution, the formation of an interim government to carry out the routine functions of government is an essential in the transition, not only to allow the cabinet to resign and prepare for the upcoming elections, [... Read More]

Decoding the council elections

It was not only the electorate but also political parties that were closely following the outcome of the recent council elections.

There were obvious reasons. Political parties are running out of time to have all 47 candidates in place, a prerequisite to be able to contest the primary and general elections.

They needed to move fast and make an offer that would be difficult to refuse to council candidates, who did not make it on their own, [... Read More]

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