Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Bent, if not broken

The four political parties have all kicked off their campaigns for the primary polls that is 17 days away, yet the ambiguities and technicalities surrounding the letter of intent refuses to go away. Not that anything would change at this stage, after all the authority to do the scrutiny has cleared four parties to go ahead. Yet the issue sticks, because one party was disqualified since it could not show all 47 candidates.  And now, it has been learnt that there are two candidates (civil [... Read More]

The price of power

Quite a panning, this Druk Green Power corporation’s proposed hike in power tariff is receiving from the public. Whenever the public consultation is scheduled for, the authorities presenting the revision had better be prepared for one corker of a debate then. As has been experienced in the past, and has been the case with any hike in services that people have been so used to receiving for free, discussions with the public and the authorities normally take a bellicose line. In this case, the power [... Read More]

The chinks in the ECB armour

Long after letters of intent were cleared, and tickets to enter the primary round of the National Assembly election secured, some political parties introduced more candidates they confirmed. In case of some political parties, a few of their candidates had joined politics much before the civil service commission accepted their resignation. Yet in another’s case, talk of swapping some of their existing candidates with new ones is rife. What has confused some of the Bhutanese electorate is how political parties were allowed to introduce more [... Read More]

PDP holds its annual convention

PDPCatching up: Party president Tshering Tobgay talks to supporters and members at yesterday’s convention

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) introduced 12 new candidates, and shared its vision for the country with around 700 supporters and members from all the districts, who gathered in the capital yesterday for the party’s annual convention. The supporters, mostly elders, listened attentively to the speeches made by the party president and candidates, and interacted vibrantly, when given the opportunity to speak. “It’s overwhelming to see so many supporters showing up for the convention,” party president Tshering Tobgay said, who also spoke briefly on the [... Read More]

Out on the hustings

While the electorate, particularly in urban areas, are still expressing opinions on who came out on top in Wednesday evening’s live TV debate amongst the party presidents, the parties themselves are shifting gear to get into campaign mode. There is still one more live TV debate to go amongst the parties, which will be held today, but party representatives, instead of the presidents, will be at the helm. It should still draw the audience, because the debate topic is about local, national and global issues [... Read More]

Presenting the party presidents

It would be no exaggeration to say that last evening almost every TV set in the country was tuned to watch the live debate amongst the presidents of the four political parties, and the question and answer session that followed. There was a palpable sense of excitement among the electorate on how the presidents would fare, being pitched against one another in an open debate for everyone to see. And, since it was the leader of parties contesting to form the next government, expectations were [... Read More]

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, to an extent, the pulse of the electorate. [... 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 had broken down in tears. The media had [... 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 how well the very regulation the government crafted [... 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, lest the election commission disqualify them. At least [... Read More]