North- Thimphu bye election sometime in early Oct
The National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo has accepted the resignation letter of the DPT’s MP Kinga Tshering from the North-Thimphu constituency as the MP had submitted his resignation letter on 11 August 2016 from the Harvard University, a University in United States.
The Opposition Party has given a suggestion to the speaker about the MP Kinga Tshering’s decision to leave National Assembly, the speaker had waited for the MP to come in personal and as they thought, the MP came in personal but the Opposition Party and the speaker couldn’t change the North-Thimphu MP’s mind who was one of the capable candidates of 2013’s NA election, a great future leader. After the discussion with the NA members the speaker accepted the resignation of the MP who came in person with his original resignation letter on 11 August and the speaker had given the MP an acceptance letter of the resignation.
The NA’s notification shows that the MP had really applied for study leave to undertake a course in Harvard University. The speaker went through the matter to the House committee of the NA whose membership consists of 10 Chairperson of the different house committees. The committee’s got worried about such an extended leave would go against the Constitution of Bhutan and procedure of parliament as the MP has to join two sessions in a year to do committee work. He also has to visit his constituency to meet with the people, hold meeting and to represent the Parliament.
Again based on the MP and OPT’s request the speaker gave him one month paid leave to go to Harvard and extend the course for 2018 till his term finishes. But the MP has decided and he came back formally to get his resignation process completed.
The Election Commission of Bhutan had announced that the election process for the Bye-elections will begin in early October 2016, upon receipt of a Royal Degree and as per the provisions of the Electoral Laws, the election would be completed within the period of the prescribed 90 days.
The Election Schedule will be guided by the legal provisions and the necessity to ensure that the Bye-elections would not overlap with the on-going Local Government elections in the four affected gewogs while at the same time ensuring that it would be possible for the Demkhong representative to attend the winter session of Parliament. It would provide the Demkhong electorate, the political parties in Parliament who would nominate the candidates, and the aspirant candidates time to process and prepare for their participation in the Bye-elections.
After the formal acceptance of the resignation the parliament has now 46 MPs and DPT has 14 mps. To fill the vacant post from the North-Thimphu the speaker has already informed the ECB and now the entire election process will be done in 90 days.