Now country will have Constitution of Bhutan Children’s Parliament (BCP)
To make aware of the electoral system and process by the children, to take the democracy club further and to encourage students participation and commitment to the role that they have to play in the democracy, the Election Commission of Bhutan will be hosting the ceremony of signing of the Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament (BCP) by the Student Representatives of the 153 Democracy clubs in the country and signing would be in the sacred Kuenray of Punakha Dzong on 2nd June, 2015 coinciding with the coronation of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
During the press conference last Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi said that basical- ly they have started the democracy clubs in the school children because it is just a matter of time that they will become voters and they will become eligible people to stand as national council (NC) and party member.
The Democracy Clubs were established as mini-Election Commissions to conduct elections and organize events and activities that promote understanding of the Bhutanese electoral system and processes, democratic governance and institutions, and encourage student participation in school or educational institution’s decision-making process.
To take the Democracy Clubs further, the Bhutan Children’s Parliament is being established with the adoption of its Constitution as an opportunity for children to not only hone their leadership skills and be well informed but also to voice their ideas, thoughts and feelings so that their concerns and opinion can be heard and included in the social and political landscape.
The signatures of the student representatives of the 153 Democracy Clubs in the country shall be affixed to the Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament, which has been widely circulated and revised upon receiving various feedbacks by the ECB. The original shall be kept under the custody of the ECB and copies of The Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament shall be issued to all stakeholders thereafter. Besides that, there will be releasing and launching of BCP website and also second edition of the Democracy Club Magazine 2015.
While, as same as the Parliament, BCP will also have two houses compris- es of the National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) and it will be the apex of the democracy club in the country.
According to the article 3 of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament, that the BCP shall be the apex body of the Democracy Clubs in the country, The BCP shall be comprised of the BCP-National Assembly (BCP-NA) and BCP-National Council (BCP-NC), the BCP-NA shall have maximum of fifty-five MBCPs elected from the twenty Dzongkhags, in proportion to the number of democracy clubs in that Dzongkhag, provided that no Dzongkhag shall have less than two or more than seven members.
It also stated that the Department of Electoral Registration and Boundary Delimitation of the ECB shall allocate seats for each Dzongkhag to be covered by a MBCP with the MBCP Demkhong defined with due regard to the principles of unbiased and fair delimitation, the MBCPNA Demkhong shall, as far as possible, reflect the Demkhong of the National Assembly of Parliament of Bhutan.
Each Democracy Club shall be entitled to elect one candidate to be nominated to contest the BCP-NA elections in the respective Demkhong, the BCP-NC shall comprise of 20 elected members, each representing a Dzongkhag and elected by the Democracy Clubs of that Dzongkhag, states the report.
Meanwhile, the Speaker othe National Assembly will be the chief guest and witness the signing ceremony of the Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament.