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The two that didn’t male it

The deadline to file candidate nominations is over, but the search for candidates is still on. Yesterday, a day after filing nominations, the two parties contesting the general elections on July 13 were still meeting to decide on candidates. This has happened because the returning officers of the respective constituencies have rejected two candidates, one each from the Druk Phuensum tshogpa and the People’s Democratic party. As of last evening, the spokespersons of the two parties were not saying much, except that they will decide [... Read More]

Out in the cold

Even as daytime temperatures soar, one topic of discussion is the cooling period requirement for those that took part in the political process and did not make it. The cooling period requirement is basically to cleanse off past political or apolitical association for those whose services might be hired by the bureaucracy, or who want to be part of government. Discussions on the requirement did surface during the local government elections, where former members of political parties wanted to contest. They faced some resistance from [... Read More]

Learning as one goes along

This process of nomination of candidates of the two parties from each of the 47 constituencies to contest the general elections smacks of putting the cart before the horse. The process, which entails election officials to scrutinise the eligibility of candidates the party nominates, more or less the same tentative list the commission accepted when parties submitted their letters of intent for the primaries, should have come before the primary round of elections for the National Assembly. Maybe, this is the first time the country [... Read More]

Not so strange political bedfellows

The speculation over horse-trading of candidates, ever since the primary round on May 31, is now over. With June 11 as the deadline to file candidate nominations, the two parties contesting the general round have made their choices and are ready. There could still be a few cases of candidates being replaced, but this will happen if the electoral returning officers of the respective constituencies reject a nomination for whatever legitimate reasons.  The scrutiny of the nominations begins on June 12. Which means parties would [... Read More]

No dirty pool, please!

In the next few days, candidates of the two political parties will be on full swing campaigning. Perhaps it would be worthwhile for each candidate of the two political parties to take with them a Bhutanese saying that informs us not to propel ourselves up by pulling others down. Although not much was heard of during the primary elections, there were instance when political parties were mocking at each other’s promises to the voters, accusations were hurled at one another, and campaigns were filled with [... Read More]

Per capita growing pains

Five years ago, by this time, the 10th five-year development plan was all set and ready to be implemented. Its two voluminous documents were out, detailing the overall theme of the plan, and specific development programmes at the national, district and gewog levels. The 10th plan, the first development plan, to be implemented by the first democratically elected government, was touted as an ambitious one. It’s outlay at Nu 140B was double that of the 9th plan, and its focus was on reducing poverty and [... Read More]

Trading horses for courses

With the primary round of National Assembly election over, and people having almost run out of things to make of the results, it is now on to discussing candidates’ hop options. Both political parties, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and People’s Democratic party, which have made it to the general elections, are looking to replace, or rope in candidates from one of two new political parties, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa. Former National Council candidates have moved to seeking a seat in the assembly before or after declaration of [... Read More]

A post-mortem

Political analysts point to several reasons why the two new parties did not make it through the primary round. The parties themselves say there was just too limited campaigning time to let the electorate know of its existence, why they were formed and what they plan to do. The parties were formed almost a year ago and appeared in the media many months before. They perhaps also had a few people on the ground in the interiors to informally spread the word among the rural [... Read More]

Commoner’s sense

Most of us urbanites were naïve to think our voters in the rural areas naïve, especially when it came to the choice of political parties or their candidates. The first general election of 2008 proved that, it was proven a second time recently through the first primary election results, and we should respect the fact that people will apply the same wisdom in the upcoming general elections. In most constituencies, where Druk Phuensum Tshogpa had won in 2008, their fortunes were reversed. The National Council [... Read More]

Fine tuning for the finals

Even as the results of the primary round sink in, it is clear a lot of work lies ahead for the two parties that got through to contest the general election on July 13. This is assuming that both parties want to form a government rather than be in opposition. For the PDP, the possibility of forming the government is as close as it can get.  With a clear win in 12 constituencies, it needs another 13 constituencies in the general round. This is not [... Read More]