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  • May 20, 2013

    In keeping with Chapter 13 (189 a) of the National Council Act “that the Secretariat shall ensure proper training and orientation in parliamentary procedure, discipline and decorum are given to the new members of the National Council” the National Council Secretariat is conducting a three day orientation program for the National Council Members starting today at the NC Conference Hall.

    The orientation program is initiated with the following objectives:

    1. Introduce the basic concepts of Parliament and its roles with special reference to National Council as a House of Review; Read More »
  • May 10, 2013

    In accordance with the Royal Kasho granted on 8th May 2013, the National Council after being re-constituted held its first sitting, today during which the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the House were elected. The Hon’ble Members were administered Oath or Affirmation of Office. In addition, the Chairperson elect and the Deputy Chairperson elect were administered the Oath or Affirmation of Secrecy.

    The Secretary General read out the Royal Kasho and then briefed the House on the electoral procedures.

    Of the three candidates for the post of Chairperson, the Hon’ble Member of Trashigang, Dasho Sonam Kinga was elected as the Chairperson with 15 votes of the total 25 votes cast. The Hon’ble Member of Gasa Dzongkhag and the Hon’ble Member of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag secured 8 and 2 votes, respectively.

    The lone candidate for the post of Deputy Chairperson, the Hon’ble Member of Haa Dzongkhag, Tshering Dorji secured 25 “YES” votes of the total 25 votes cast, and was elected to the post.

    The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye then administered the Oath or Affirmation of Office to the Hon’ble Members followed by the Oath or Affirmation of Secrecy administered to the Chairperson elect and deputy Chairperson elect.