The National Council MP elects entered the NC Hall for the first time in the morning yesterday as they came together following a Kasho from His Majesty the King to hold the first sitting of the House as per law. As outlined, at the first sitting member elects cast their votes to elect the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson. Member elects Dasho Sonam Kinga (Phd) of Trashigang, Jigme Rinzin of Pemagatshel and Sangay Khandu of Gasa contested for Chair and member elect Tshering Dorji of Haa stood for an uncontested election after member elect Kaka Tshering of Paro withdrew his candidature.
Member elect Dasho Sonam Kinga (Phd) was elected as the Chairperson after receiving a clear majority of 15 votes, followed by member elects Sangay Khandu with 8 votes and Jigme Rinzin with 2 votes. For the Deputy Chairperson, member elect Tshering Dorji was elected unanimously.
Followed by this, affirmation of office was administered to the member elects by the Head of the Interim Government, the Honourable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bhutan, formally indicating the completion of the transition of member elects to members of parliament. The affirmation of secrecy was then administered to the Chair elect and Deputy Chair elect in the presence of the rest of the House similarly.
Photo courtesy – The Bhutanese
As we started to disperse, I took the opportunity to be the first person to offer Tashi khadhar and my best wishes to Dasho Sonam Kinga on being elected as the Chairperson of the National Council, to lead us for the next five years. Elections are part and parcel of a democratic set up and participation as voters and contestants remain very important but what is even more important is not to forget to respect the outcome at the end of the process. I feel honoured to have been nominated and supported. I feel proud to have particpated with such fine minds as Dasho Sonam Kinga and Hon. Jigme Rinzin, colleagues I have come to respect and admire greatly.
This important day marks the beginning of the new term of the National Council.
I wish Dasho Sonam Kinga all the very best as he assumes the position of the Chair and Hon. Tshering Dorji the position of the Deputy Chair. I look forward to another fruitful 5 years as you collectively steer us through.