A Bumpy Road

The tran­si­tion to democ­racy in Bhutan is still on un­sure ground and has many bar­ri­ers to cross.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Huza­ima Bukhari & Dr. Ikra­mul Haq

Is it still early for Bhutan to seek democ­racy?

Democ­racy en­sures mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion of the masses in state af­fairs, wel­fare for all, rule of law, free­dom of ex­pres­sion and re­spect of hu­man rights. This re­quires re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able state struc­tures — po­lit­i­cal, ju­di­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive. The will of the peo­ple re­flects through gen­eral elec­tions in which el­i­gi­ble vot­ers ex­er­cise their right of fran­chise. The elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives af­ter elec­tions work to­wards ful­fill­ing the agenda for which they get a man­date from the ma­jor­ity. Though the process seems sim­ple but in prac­tice

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