North- Thim­phu bye elec­tion some­time in early Oct

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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.

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