Now coun­try will have Con­sti­tu­tion of Bhutan Chil­dren’s Par­lia­ment (BCP)

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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