Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue launched

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To pro­vide a com­mon plat­form and build greater un­der­stand­ing amongst the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and stake­hold­ers, thereby con­tribut­ing to­wards more har­mo­nious po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and vi­brant democ­racy. Bhutan as the youngest democ­racy, the part­ner­ship will make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the broader demo­cratic dy­nam­ics of the coun­try. In ad­di­tion, it will also sup­port devel­op­ment of po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity and skills of mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and to pro­vide a fo­rum for fa­cil­i­tat­ing, nur­tur­ing and strength­en­ing democ­racy in Bhutan be­sides sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing en­gage­ment, co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ships be- tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties and stake­hold­ers

With the above ob­jec­tive the Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue a mul­ti­party as­so­ci­a­tion of five po­lit­i­cal par­ties was launched on Fri­day at the Royal Ban­quet hall with a mission to fa­cil­i­tate, nur­ture and strengthen democ­racy in Bhutan. The dia­logue with the slo­gan - Bhutanese first, is de­scribed as a “turn­ing point” in Bhutan’s democ­racy as par­ties are now work­ing to­gether on a com­mon plat­form, func­tion­ing as a “neu­tral space” for par­ties to col­lab­o­rate and to build a demo­cratic cul­ture.

At the launch, Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Dasho Kun­zang Wangdi said that the as­so­ci­a­tion will work to­gether on is­sues of na­tional con­cern. He urged the par­ties to con­sider ways to con­sol­i­date and to go be­yond what he de­scribed as be­ing” ego serv­ing en­ti­ties”.

The main ob­jec­tive is to sup­port and pro­mote vi­brant democ­racy in the coun­try; build hu­man and in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to strengthen and nur­ture the Bhutanese democ­racy; and sup­port and pro­mote en­gage­ment, co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. Over the next few years, to en­sure devel­op­ment of po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, sys­tems and cul­ture of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and to be able to en­gage in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties that would pro­mote a healthy demo­cratic cul­ture, the Dia­logue will be car­ry­ing out se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The five reg­is­tered po- lit­i­cal par­ties of Bhutan es­tab­lished the Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue with the sign­ing of the Char­ter for Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue (BDD) with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan, on 14th of Novem­ber 2014.

Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue will be guided by a steer­ing com­mit­tee com­pris­ing of two rep­re­sen­ta­tives each from the reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the elec­tion com­mis­sion of Bhutan. The ini­tia­tive will work un­der a steer­ing com­mit­tee, headed by a Chair who shall be elected bian­nu­ally by the mem­bers. The com­mit­tee in its first meet­ing held on 24th of Novem­ber 2014 elected Aum Lily Wangchuk, the Pres­i­dent of Druk Chir­wang Tshogpa, as the first Chair who shall head the steer­ing com­mit­tee for the first 6 months.

The mem­bers of the com­mit­tee will meet quar­terly to pro­pose, re­view and ap­prove work plan, bud­get and ac­tiv­i­ties of Bhutan Democ­racy dia­logue and ad­di­tional meet­ings will be held if deemed nec­es­sary that would help in pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of dia­logue and co­op­er­a­tion among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and to build lead­er­ship in party mem­bers.

With the sup­port from Dan­ish In­sti­tute for Par­ties and Democ­racy, the dia­logue has drawn out var­i­ous pro­grams for 2015 and 2016 which in­cludes the join­ing with the na­tion in the cel­e­bra­tion of the six­ti­eth birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Druk Gyal

Zhipa and will ini­ti­ate and sup­port democ­racy fes­ti­val in col­lab­o­ra­tion with rel­e­vant part­ners which will there­after be­come an an­nual event. The fes­ti­val which will be ded­i­cated to His Majesty as the main ar­chi­tect of the Bhutanese Democ­racy will be­come an an­nual event in­volv­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties, CSOs and me­dia.

With a mission to sup­port and pro­mote vi­brant democ­racy in the coun- try, Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue will also carry out ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate the Democ­racy Day and Con­sti­tu­tion Day.

In or­der to strengthen the in­sti­tu­tion of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties as a vi­able in­sti­tu­tion, the ini­tia­tive will also sup­port hu­man and in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tives of po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Sup­port and pro­mote en­gage­ment, co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ships be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties and sup­port and pro­mote en­gage­ment be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. This will not only greatly en­hance dia­logue and bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties but also with re­lated stake­hold­ers.

The chair­per­son of the Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue Aum Lily Wangch­huk said the coun­try’s small-knit so­ci­ety was di­vided along the party lines in the last two elec­tions and that Bhutan has ex­pe­ri­enced, in vary­ing de­grees, the ills of democ­racy.

“We be­lieve po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion through in­ter-party dia­logue is an im­por­tant cor­ner­stone for ef­fec­tive and sus­tain­able democ­racy, con­flict pre­ven­tion and peace­build­ing and re­gain­ing public’s con­fi­dence in the demo­cratic sys­tem.”

Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck graced the launch of Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue as the chief guest. The func­tion was at­tended by Prime Min­is­ter, cabi­net’s min­is­ters, mem­bers of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and mem­bers from the Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue.

With the co­in­cid­ing of the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Bhutan Democ­racy Dia­logue is ded­i­cated to the Fa­ther of Demo­cratic Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

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