Category archives for: Politics

ECB spends Nu. 49 MN less in 2013 elections


The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) spent over Nu.426 MN for the 2013 parliamentary elections. The expenses also included the bye-election for the Nanong-Shumar constituency. The figures were released this morning.

Quota; To pull women in politics?


Is quota an option to encourage more women to join politics? A few panellists of the national consultation conference on women in politics said the term ‘quota’ has a negative connotation and stigma attached to it. There were others who said women need a push to take up leadership roles and if its ‘quota’, so be it.

A Danish lesson

Women and Politics-

As the two-day national consultation workshop on women in politics in underway in Thimphu, a Danish MP and also a former woman minister, suggests that quota for women should only be an interim measure and not a long-term solution.

Discussions on poor women representation in politics begins

Discussions on poor women representation in politics begins

The debate and discussion on poor women representation in politics continues. Drafting a legislation designed to enhance women representation is one of commitments of the current government.

Elections for vacant LG posts held


Elections and bye-elections to elect Tshogpas for 12 vacant Gewog Tshogde Tshogpa Demkhongs were held yesterday. The 12 vacant Gewog Tshogde Tshogpa Demkhongs were in Bumthang, Chhukha, Pema Gatshel, Punakha, Samtse, Trashi Yangtse and Haa.

Voluntary resignation of MPs would mean reimbursement

NA-Voluntary resignation of MPs would mean reimbursement

The National Assembly today endorsed the National Assembly Amendment Bill 2014. The Bill was passed after the members deliberated extensively for two days. One of the major amendments is an elected member will now have to reimburse the campaign fund for the general elections if they submit voluntary resignation before assuming office. However they don’t have to refund in case of physical disability and mental incapacity.

Nanong-Shumar MP takes oath of affirmation

Oath or affirmation of office- Dechen Zangmo

The Member of Parliament from Nanong-Shumar Constituency in Pema Gatshel, Dechen Zangmo formally joined the office today.  The oath or affirmation of office was administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Second session of second parliament to begin


The second session of the second parliament will begin from Wednesday. The National Assembly will see the Finance Minister report on the findings of the Pay Commission on the salary raise.

ECB to revisit grey areas


The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will be revisiting Postal Ballot related issues, the role of Party workers and volunteers, among others in the Political process. The ECB have come up with more than 20 issues and recommendations, after their Learning from Experience programme. The programme was held across the Country, after the second parliamentary elections.

OL, the new DPT president

OL-the new DPT president.

The Opposition Leader Dr. Pema Gyamtsho was elected as the new Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s Party President, yesterday. He was elected as the new party president after the former Prime Minister and Party president, Jigmi Y.Thinley resigned officially.



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