As dates for the 2018 elections draw near, the opposition party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), maintained that the party will not make fake promises, which are unrealistic and which cannot be fulfilled.
DPT president Dr. Pema Gyamtsho told Business Bhutan that they will not mislead voters or citizens with false promises and pledges.
“Strategies and policies will be made based on the requirement and welfare of the people and which can be completed within tenure,” he added.
With the government completing its tenure last week, most political parties are giving final touches to their manifestos. “The party will show our manifestos featuring the strategies and policies that would be implemented after the Election Commission of Bhutan issues a notification,” the opposition leader said.
DPT’s General Secretary Sangay Phurba said they are confident about the 2018 elections because of the support and trust from the people as well as due to the establishment of a strong base since 2008 – while serving both as the ruling and opposition party.
He added that pledges are realistic and real, which will serve the people both in long and short term.
According to him, the manifesto has given priorities to all the sectors.
“The manifesto is ready. We have focused on all areas and the party has finalized its manifesto, which is associated with its ideology of equity and justice. The manifesto would be presented to a general assembly for review and endorsement,” Sangay Phurba added.
Meanwhile, one drawback for DPT during the elections this time is the absence of some strong party candidates – some experienced former ministers who would be leaving politics because of the age factor.
DPT’s vice-president Dorji Wangdi, however, said the former ministers’ resignation will affect, but their continuous support as party supporters will give more boost to the party.
“Their replacements were also recommended by them,” he added.
He added that they would justify each and every party ideology and would want people to know about it.
“So at the end they can choose and vote for the best and which can serve their purpose. Our main focus is to promote unity, integration, and human rights of the highest standards through equity, social justice, legal, administrative and security safeguards and services for all sections of the society,” he added.
Tshering from Thimphu