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Convincing the voters

With all four political parties in full-blown campaign mode, the voters are overwhelmed with promises and pledges. The next five years and beyond, going by the promises, looks brighter. Parties want to ensure reliable irrigation water for farmers, 24-hour drinking water for urban residents, jobs for the jobless, salary raise …

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Election has in effect begun

The Election Commission of Bhutan has approved the letter of intent of all the four political parties. This means Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, and People’s Democratic Party will participate in the election to the National Assembly. Following the approval of letter of intent, the four …

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Sharing the benefits of tourism with rural communities

Ecotourism, although relatively new and small, seem to be bringing significant development in the rural parts of the country. Careful regulation and promotion of ecotourism, therefore, needs to be worked so that the households can explore income-earning opportunities besides farming. At the time when villages are met with the growing …

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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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