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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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Health and elections

Reports of shortage of human resource in public institutions provide a reality check to our politicians who are wooing voters with promises of more infrastructures. The national referral hospital is facing an acute shortage of health workers. Nursing department is short of 173 nurses, and the eye department has a …

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Where are we getting lost?

As the nation is deeply engaged in the election issues, the United Nations – the world’s biggest intergovernmental organisation tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order deliberated on measures to address two equally challenging public health issues: tuberculosis (TB) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These are …

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A people’s election

After a festive break, election process has moved into the next phase. The pace of the party machinery has accelerated and politicians are back to the fields, luring voters. We are seeing party manifestos and the performance of the public debates between candidates dissected. Social media platforms are becoming anti-social …

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