The National Council today decided not to accept two of the three proposed amendments, accepted one with slight changes and proposed one additional clause regarding human resource management of the Commission in the Election Act 2008.
The Good Governance Committee proposed as under leading to the decision of the House:
Section 158 (a) which sought to allow “State Funding of the Two Political Parties for maintaining part machinery’ was not accepted. However, the House resolved on constituting a national level committee or task force to conduct an in-depth study of the matter. The committee will then submit it’s findings in a report to the Parliament. Clearer details will be proposed by the Good Governance Committee to be discussed in the coming days.
Omission proposed by the National Assembly on the proviso after section 206 relating to a year of ‘cooling period’ of party members joining National Council and Local Government Elections after resignation’ was also not accepted. Instead the committee’s proposal to retain the original clause, re-instating the ‘one year pre-requisite cooling period’ in effect.
The last proposed clause on ‘the need for the Election Commission to submit annual report to the Druk Gyalpo, the Prime Minister and the Parliament’ was accepted with a few changes. The change reinforces the Election Commission’s responsibility to submit report(s) to these institutions but only after each election.
The new clause proposed and endorsed on the same act was after section 41 which deals with the resources of the commission. The new clause will take into account the Civil Service Act that the Parliament passed sometime back, as done in the cases of other Constitutional bodies.
There were 23 members sitting and voting, out of which 22 members voted in favor of the proposal submitted by the committee and 1 member choosing to abstain. This will be submitted back to the National Assembly now.