October 15, 2012
Mr. Phuntsho, Director of the National Council Secretariat, attended the workshop on “Election Related Challenges in Young Democracies: Sharing and Learning from Asian and Arab Experiences,” held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from 8-11 October 2012. The Bhutanese delegation was led by Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, the Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan. The two other participants were Ms. Deki Pema, Commissioner, Election Commission of Bhutan, and Mr. Kinzang Wangdi, Secretary General, National Assembly Secretariat.
More than 50 participants and speakers from 17 countries in Asia and the Arab region attended the Workshop. The workshop was jointly organized by the Government of Mongolia that holds the Presidency of the Community of Democracies and the international Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
September 15, 2012
The National Council of Bhutan, in collaboration with the Bhutan Center for Media and Democracy & the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation, observed the 5th International Democracy Day with a panel discussion on the theme “Democracy Education: Understanding Rights and Responsibilities”. The program was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The day is observed every year to celebrate international democracy day and to serve as a reminder that the need to promote and protect democracy is as urgent now as ever.
The function was graced by His Excellency Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bhutan, as the chief guest. The other attendees were His Excellency Lyonpo Namgye Penjore, Chairperson of National Council, Her Excellency Madam Claire van der Vaeren, Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Bhutan and Resident Representative of UNDP, representatives from other international organizations in Bhutan, Members of the Parliament, senior government officials and students from various schools and Institutions in Thimphu. Read More »