August 22, 2011

MPs - enter at your own risk!
Wow! Another excuse! I can't believe it. 

Our politicians claim to be busy in the capital with myriad meetings and appointments that they hardly have time to go back to their people who have elected them. Once the public have cast their votes in our leaders, they have disappeared. Some are reported to have visited their constituency once or twice, but others I doubt if they have (if not with the coincidental visit of some important people). 

Now they are officially making it clear that they cannot go back to their constituency. Well, at least some are complaining for those who go back. They say it is indirect campaigning. But I think our MPs have obligations to the people who have vested so much power to represent their voices. I only find it reasonable for them to visit their people and share their views and opinions for mostly our people are illiterate, who do not understand what drama goes on behind the curtains of majestic National Assembly Hall. 

I don't know what our rules and policies say on this. But then how do we differentiate between the visit and campaign? Obviously one can make out between the two - I would. 

I am glad we are getting to live in an exciting era of democracy. And for now we can only wait and see what authorities have to say. But my MP certainly has the reason for staying out of my constituency. 

P.S: Purely personal opinion and no way attempts to pass comments on any laws.
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5 comments:

  1. A nice post. Yeah, they should be visiting their constituencies and fulfill the promises they made. BTW what is the justified reason for your MP being not visiting your constituency? Just curious la... :)

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  2. Hahaha..thanks Langa. Yes - I think they should visit their people. I am thinking my MP understood it is indirect campaigning, and that's why I think he/she is avoiding the constituency.

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  3. haha. okay, thanks for the answer. Poor me, I should have understood it from your post :P

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  4. Penster thanx for bringing up such a thoughtful post....... thats how people are cheated by their lip services.. they say something and do something different.... they are sarcastic while campaigning, promising almost everything but once they are in power they have so many excuses.. does excuses comes with power? or Bhutanese Mp's are short termed memory tending to forget soon after election.... now who is responsible to look after such matter.. whose responsibility is it???????? or will such foul prevail in Bhutanese democracy forever....

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  5. Penstar :
    As far as I am concerned MPs have a mandate of visiting thier constituencies atleast twice a year (one time per session; I cant exactly cite which law defines it). They are also not allowed to visit more than two times in the interest of power already devolved to local government.
    Anyway, nice issue.

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