Amendment to Election Act 2008

The Amendment Bill 201o to the Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008 contains three provisions initiated by from the National Assembly last year. The proposed passed amendment contain two NEW provisions and omission of a proviso as shown below:


NEW section 158 A for insertion:

State Funding

The ruling party and the opposition party may receive fund from the State to maintain their party machineries and the amount shall be determined by the Government in consultation with the Election Commission.


OMISSION of a proviso after section 206:

Provided that the disqualification under sub section (d) shall cease to operate after the lapse of one year from the date of acceptance of the application of resignation or removal from the membership of a political party and such resignation or removal shall be immediately notified by the concerned party office in the print media with a copy submitted to the Election Commission.


NEW section 581 A for insertion:

The Commission shall submit an annual report to the Druk Gyalpo, the Prime Minister and Parliament on it’s policy, performances and conduct of elections.


The Good Governance Committee presented the Amendment Bill to the National Council today and will be put to debate on June 14, 2011.


About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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One Response to Amendment to Election Act 2008

  1. A comment Tashi Jyatsho wrote on Facebook on the link to this post (I am copy pasting it here).

    Khandu, if I may share my thoughts with you, I still have very strong reservations about the state funding of the political parties. Had we more than two political parties in the parliament, or even a more balanced political representation in the house, I would go with the state funding, but in a house which is overwhelmingly dominated by a single political party, affirming the state funding will be nothing less than ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW DYNASTY in the country. This will not only be detrimental to our democracy in the future, but in fact, it has already undermined our democracy in the past. If people KNEW that the state will fund the political parties then, or if they knew that they can ALTER OUR CONSTITUTION now, don’t you think we could have more than two political parties since the beginning? The main reason we have had just two political parties in the country is because people were worried about the expenditures.They knew that if they formed a political party and the state does not fund them, they can not sustain it and the loans will be a heavy burden to them. Therefore many people didn’t come forward to form a political party.They gave up. But now if the government is going to CHANGE OUR CONSTITUTION and fund the political parties, the meaning of that level playing field of democracy in the beginning seems to be stolen and defeated utterly, and there WILL NOT BE ANY LEVEL PLAYING FIELDS IN THE FUTURE. I guarantee that. I am afraid on the pretext of salvaging our democracy it will be annihilated in the end.

    Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.

    You guys think harder, think deep. Please don’t say you were not aware of the consequences AGAIN!!!

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