There are no other ways out

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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