International democracy day celebrated in Bhutan
The first ever National Voter’s Day was celebrated in Bhutan last Monday coinciding with the International Democracy Day with the theme Youth in Democracy. The Prime Minister Tshering Togay who was the chief guest at the ceremony awarded five students their voter’s photo identity card ( VPIC ) who has come to age for adult franchise this year and also granted new VPIC to the three mitsi transfer cases .
Speaking at the occasion Prime Minister said “On behalf of all the people of Bhutan, I would like to offer our humble thanks and gratitude to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and to His Majesty the King for giving us this gift of democracy. It is a unique gift and we bear a unique responsibility because, whereas other countries and other people had to fight for democracy, had to fight for freedom, they understood the value of democracy and freedom. In Bhutan, it has been handed to us; it has been forced upon us and therefore, if we are not careful, we may take the gift of democracy for granted. It is our responsibility to ensure our unique responsibility to ensure that our unique democracy is a success.”
Aum Lily Wangchuk from Druk Chirwang Tshogpa , Lok Nath Sharma from Druk Nyamrup Tshopa , Rinzin Jamtsho from Druk Phunsum Tshopa and Aum Tshewang Tashi from Bhutan KuenNyam Party also shared their views on democracy .
A photo exhibition on chronicling he first eight years displayed to mark the occasion and the func- tion was attended by ministers, secretaries, members of the international community including Gautam Bambawale Indian Ambassador to Bhutan. The event that took place in the clock tower square was organized by the Election Commission of Bhutan. Moreover the day was observed in other parts of the country including Sherubtse College, Kanglung and other Dzongkhags.