The Election Commission of Bhutan will be hosting the Ceremony of Signing of the Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament (BCP) by the Student Representatives of the 153 Democracy Clubs in the Country in the sacred Kuenray of Punakha Dzong on 2nd of June 2015.
The Democracy Clubs were established as mini-Election Commissions to conduct elections and organize events and activities that promote understanding of the Bhutanese electoral system and processes, democratic governance and institutions, and encourage student participation in school or educational institution’s decision-making process.
To take the Democracy Clubs further, the Bhutan Children’s Parliament is being established with the adoption of its Constitution as an opportunity for children to not only hone their leadership skills and be well informed but also to voice their ideas, thoughts and feelings so that their concerns and opinion can be heard and included in the social and political landscape.
The signatures of the student representatives of the 153 Democracy Clubs in the country shall be affixed to the Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament, which has been widely circulated and revised upon receiving various feedbacks by the ECB. The original shall be kept under the custody of the ECB and copies of The Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament shall be issued to all stakeholders thereafter.
During the Ceremony, the following documents will be released and launched:
- 1. Launching of BCP Website; and
- 2. Second edition of the Democracy Club Magazine 2015.
The adoption of the Constitution shall be followed by a Working Session with the Student and Teacher representatives of the Democracy Clubs, the twenty Dzongkhag Education Officers and the Election Commission of Bhutan.
The session shall include presentations on various aspects of the BCP and deliberation on the operation and functioning of the BCP as well as sorting out of various coordination and other matters related to Democracy Clubs.
The Hon’ble Speaker of Parliament of the Kingdom of Bhutan shall be the Chief Guest and witness the Ceremony of Signing The Constitution of the Bhutan Children’s Parliament.
Election Commission of Bhutan