Bhutan Democracy Dialogue established
The five registered political Parties of Bhutan established the Bhutan Democracy Dialogue ( BDD) with the signing of Charter for Bhutan Democracy Dialogue with the Election Commission of Bhutan, last Friday.
The Bhutan Democracy Dialogue ( BDD) is an initiative conceptualized jointly by all the registered political parties as a forum for facilitating, nurturing and strengthening of the Democracy in Bhutan. It will be guided by a steering committee comprising of two representatives each from the registered political parties and Election Commission of Bhutan. It aims to promote vibrant democracy in keeping with the will of the people wherein political parties engage in dialogue, cooperation and partnership as “Bhutanese First”.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Bhutan along with the representatives of the five registered political parties released the Guidelines for Administration and Management of Support and Assistance from NonMember Entities and persons for Institutional Strengthening and capacity building of registered political parties in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
The main purpose of the guidelines is to regulate all and any support provided through the Election Commission to the political parties from individuals, corporate and entities within Bhutan and abroad but not from registered members. Secondly to mange and facilitate institutional capacity development of the political parties through organization of trainings, seminars, workshops and lastly to create platforms for interaction and collaboration to learn and share best practices by political parties through external funding, support and cooperation.
Bhutan being a young multi- party democracy, it is necessary that the registered political parties are nurtured and strengthened, so that they can fulfill their roles effectively in our democracy. To ensure development of institutions, systems and culture of political parties in the Kingdom of Bhu- tan fostered through trainings, seminars, and workshops and creating platforms for interaction and collaboration to learn and share best practices, funded either through approved national plans, trusts or assistance from individuals, corporate and entities from both within Bhutan and abroad, the Election Commission of Bhutan ( ECB), with reference to Section 4( e) of the Constitution and Section 35 of the Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2008, have adopted the above guidelines.