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EDITORIAL-The Democratic Duty-A Call to Responsible Voting

As the calendar inches closer to November 30, the date of the fourth National Assembly election, a palpable sense of anticipation and civic responsibility sweeps across the nation. With every passing day, citizens are gearing up to exercise their democratic right, a gift bestowed upon them from the golden Throne-the power to shape the future of their beloved country through the ballot box.

In the upcoming election, an increasing number of individuals find themselves preparing to make the journey to their respective constituencies to cast their votes amid limitations on postal ballots. Bhutanese voters are required to travel to their designated polling stations in their Dzongkhags to participate in the electoral process. This physical commitment underlines the gravity and significance of the democratic process, reinforcing the idea that democracy is not merely a right but a responsibility that demands active participation.

Democracy, in the Bhutanese context, is indeed a gift from the golden Throne. It is a system that empowers citizens to choose their representatives, shaping the destiny of the nation. However, this power comes with a responsibility-the responsibility to vote wisely and conscientiously. As the election season unfolds, it is crucial to reflect on the qualities that define an ideal candidate and party, for they are the architects of the nationโ€™s future.

First and foremost, voters must prioritize candidates and parties that stand unwaveringly against corruption. Corruption corrodes the very foundations of democracy, eroding trust in institutions and hindering progress. A corruption-free government is essential for fostering an environment of fairness and justice, ensuring that public resources are utilized for the collective well-being of the citizens.

Furthermore, voters should look for candidates who embody capability and experience. The challenges facing Bhutan in the 21st century are complex and multifaceted, requiring leaders with a deep understanding of governance and a proven track record of navigating the intricacies of public administration. Inexperienced leaders may struggle to effectively address the diverse needs of the population and navigate the complexities of international relations.

As we approach the polling booths, it is crucial to remember that the choices we make on that day resonate far beyond the immediate moment. Our votes are investments in the future of Bhutan, shaping the policies and direction of the nation for the next five years. Therefore, each vote must be cast with careful consideration and a profound understanding of the candidatesโ€™ visions for the country.

The opportunity to vote arises only once every five years, featuring the gravity of the decision-making process. The outcome of the election will reverberate through the corridors of power, influencing the trajectory of Bhutanโ€™s development and the quality of life for its citizens. To forfeit this right to vote responsibly is to silence oneโ€™s own voice in the democratic chorus.

As the nation stands on the precipice of the fourth National Assembly election, let us embrace the democratic duty with a sense of pride and purpose. Let us vote for candidates and parties that champion corruption-free, capable, and experienced governance, committed to the well-being of the country and its citizens. By exercising our votes responsibly, we not only honor the democratic legacy bestowed upon us but also contribute to the continued prosperity and progress of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Palden Drukpa Gyalo!

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