In­ter­na­tional democ­racy day cel­e­brated in Bhutan

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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.

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