There are no other ways out
As the dates for the primary round of elections for the national assembly draws near, all the four political parties are making desperate attempt to woo the voters to vote for their parties. Most of the candidates are focusing on the manifestos and their pledges.
The most important pledges may include the strengthening the security and sovereignty of the country. The other might be on the health care, irrigation and drinking water. With all the parties having almost the same pledges the electorates are having difficult time to whom to vote.
With the common forums in full swings, the party pledges are being put to the voters and it is up to them to decide to whom to vote. It has been given to understand that with the busy farming season the voters turnout in the common forum has not be too good or may be the most of the voters have already decided to whom to vote.
Voter’s education plays a crucial role in strengthening their role in democracy. Without the voters education the voters may not actively participate in the electoral process undermining the democratic process.
The Election Commission had already given extensive voter education to inform the electorates on the upcoming national assembly elections. Even in the national graduate orientation program 2018 ECB did not spare time to partake in the program to educate the values of democracy and importance of mass participation in the electoral processes to uphold our democracy.
With Bhutanese democracy taking its tenth year and we know now that Bhutanese electorates are matured enough to choose the right party and right candidate who would benefit them. It will be an important responsibility for the voters to choose the right candidate, who will not only benefit the voters but the country as a whole.
It will only be the time that will seek the truth and with all the political parties putting their best efforts in getting their pledges to the last voters. The work is easier said than done but as our democracy matures and electorates become more mature we know the responsibility of the political parties become more challenging.
We are young democracy grappling with new ideas and political process. Politics is an inevitable part of the democratic process. We cannot help it as there are no other ways out.
The process of making democracy strong must be a continuous process as a voter, candidates or party workers than can be sustained through generations to come.
No matter who comes to power our identity as Bhutanese must come first and we should be united as one at all times to come for our unity and prosperity.