Ac­cept­ing the re­sults of the demo­cratic will

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Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) has de­servedly earned the man­date to gov­ern Bhutan and the Bhutanese peo­ple for the next five years.

The party’s win in 30 of the to­tal 47 con­stituen­cies in the gen­eral round of the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions on Thurs­day is a con­fir­ma­tion of the peo­ple’s faith and trust in the party. The peo­ple have given their ver­dict. The choice has been made. DNT has been cho­sen to form Bhutan’s third demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment.

As­sump­tion and doubts have also been fi­nally put to rest now. The re­sults are out, which ba­si­cally re­flect or in­di­cate a de­sire for change. We first saw this when vot­ers de­liv­ered a sur­prise ver­dict and ousted the in­cum­bent’s Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party on Septem­ber 15 this year.

It again hap­pened this time when DNT, which had wins in 16 con­stituen­cies in the pri­maries, went on to win 30 con­stituen­cies. DPT on the other hand won only from 17 con­stituen­cies against the 22 wins in the pri­maries. DPT lost five con­stituen­cies although they won from these con­stituen­cies in the pri­maries – two con­stituen­cies of Radi-Sak­teng and Thrimsh­ingkang­para in Trashigang, Mong­gar con­stituency, Paro’s Lam­gong-Wangchag con­stituency and Samtse’ Do­phuchen-Tad­ing con­stituency.

The elec­tions this time was a suc­cess­ful one go­ing by the num­ber of vot­ers, who had come for­ward to ex­er­cise their fun­da­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity. The voter turnout in the gen­eral round of elec­tions was 71.46 per­cent, an in­crease of about five per­cent com­pared to the pri­maries. Voter turnout dur­ing the pri­maries was 66.36 per­cent, an in­crease of 12 per­cent from the 2013 NA pri­mary round.

Fur­ther, the elec­tions this time saw a ma­jor­ity of women po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates be­ing elected. Out of 10 women can­di­dates in 2008, four were elected and three women can­di­dates out of 11 made it to the Na­tional Assem­bly in 2013. How­ever, Bhutan elected seven women can­di­dates this time. It’s a big win for women politi­cians and heart­en­ing that more women are cho­sen in elected po­si­tions to frame poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing them and chil­dren.

It’s also heart­en­ing to see the con­duct ex­hib­ited by both the party pres­i­dents af­ter the elec­tions. DPT pres­i­dent Pema Gyamt­sho posted on his Face­book page that they humbly ac­cept the choice of the peo­ple and there was no rea­son to be dis­heart­ened for not win­ning. At the same time, DNT pres­i­dent Lotay Tshering re­port­edly main­tained that they re­main com­mit­ted to serv­ing the na­tion to the best of their abil­i­ties and that he looked for­ward to work­ing with the other 46 can­di­dates who were also elected.

Such ma­ture con­ducts are an as­pect of the kind of po­lit­i­cal cul­ture that needs to be brought about in the coun­try. We must un­der­stand that democ­racy is not just a way to win power. Democ­racy’s strength is not just shown in whether a win­ner sur­faces, but whether the losers ac­cept their de­feat with good grace. It in­volves ac­cept­ing the re­sults of the demo­cratic will and we must re­spect that.

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