Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa: Bhutanese voters have one more political party to choose from, in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Having successfully secured registration with the election commission of Bhutan yesterday, Druk Nyamrup tshogpa is the country’s fifth political party. This comes less than three weeks after the commission gave the green light to two other political parties, Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party and Druk Chirwang tshogpa.
“Now that we’re a legitimate political party, to run 2013 elections, it means giving a strong and credible alternative to the people of Bhutan,” the party’s president, Jigme Zangpo, said. In fulfilling the registration requirements, the party was required to straighten about 15 points that included spellings of party’s symbol, to submitting candidate names of at least 50 percent of the constituencies.
While having to include a number of clauses in the party charter, the party also had to ensure avoiding usage of terms and terminologies in the charter that gave a non-secular undertone to the outlook of the party, among others. But the task, if the party wants to contest in the upcoming National Assembly elections, is not yet over. To be eligible to participate in the elections, election commission, through a notification, said they should adopt the party charter in the party convention “based on the test that is cleared” by the commission.
They should also submit a copy of statement of accounts, with details of the receipt of registration fees, membership fees and voluntary contributions, demonstrating party’s sustainability, adopted by the party convention. The party should also submit a complete list of registered members, who shall be candidates-designate of the party for the 47 national assembly constituencies, during the submission of letter of intent. The party, however, claims they have around 41 candidates, as of now.
Jigme Zangpo said, while they had all 47, the idea was to have candidates, who were genuinely committed to serving the country and people. But of the confirmed ones, he said it offered a wide range of professionals, with ages ranging from 35 to 63. The party had a group of 135 registered voters, representing all 20 dzongkhags at the time of registration. Despite having come forward as the first group with intentions to form a political party to contest the second parliamentary elections, it was the last one to apply for registration on December 10.
One of the founding members, Lekey Dorji, said they took time, because they felt the need to take widespread consultation with various levels in the society to ensure a strong and serious team was formed. With its motto “New Times, New Ideas”, the party is coming out with a “seven-point contract with the people of Bhutan”, laying out key points on what they have to offer. Meanwhile, the party will receive its certificate of registration tomorrow.