Supporting free and fair election
As the date for the third national assembly parliamentary elections draws near, it provides an important opportunity to advance democratization. In the electoral processes, very citizen must support for free and fair elections.
For many reasons, democracy is the most effective approach to producing legitimate government. Therefore, the responsibility for free and fair elections falls on all citizens although some are in better positions for promoting and maintaining authentic democracy.
A country cannot be truly democratic until its citizens have the opportunity to choose their representatives through elections that are free and fair.
The elections also serve to encourage political debate and public dialogue for an election to be free and fair. The political parties are given equal opportunities to share alternative platforms with the public.
Free and fair elections play a crucial role in political transitions by advancing democratization, helping to promote peaceful, and democratic political transformation that lead to increased stability, prosperity and country's security.
The Election Commission of Bhutan initiated facilitation booth to the eligible voters for all eligible voters, regardless of location, group membership or disability to have reasonable and equal opportunity to cast their ballot.
The election commission is also operating mobile facilitation booth services for prisoners and people living with disabilities to provide equal access for people with disabilities and to experience how free and fair election are being conducted.
In the electoral processes, voting is a key component of each and to the continued faith of the people in the government.
In democratic societies, everybody has the responsibility to help to ensure free and fair elections. Voters in democratic societies deserve a process that is easy, safe, and confidential to ensure without dispute in the electoral processes.
In the democratic societies, voters should be universal and encouraged. Voters must have adequate access to the voting process for free and fare elections. The choices that each voter makes should remain private both during and after the election to maintain secrecy (Sangwai Tshogyen).
Voters today demand greater transparency in their elections. The election commission have developed a template of characteristics that believe are necessary for election results to be trusted, free and fair.
We must join the commission and commit to spread free and fair elections at all times to come for our security and sovereignty.