Children’s parliament in Bhutan: First election likely to be held in September

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Thimpu, Sept 1: The Election Commission of Bhutan is expected to hold the first elections of its children's parliament this month.

"The commission has started is reviewing budget requirements besides working on the election date," Commissioner Deki Pema was quoted as saying by the Kuensel online.

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Election officials have also started visiting democracy clubs in schools. Bhutan is home to 153 democracy clubs.

The election of Bhutan Children's Parliament (BCP), the apex body of democracy clubs in the country, will comprised of two houses of the Parliament -National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC).

The first session of the Children's Parliament is expected to begin in winter.

The BCP will function like a parliament and discuss pertinent issues. The candidates will be members of democracy clubs.

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Children, according to the constitution of the BCP, include all school going children, trainees and degree college students who are not older than twenty-four years.

"BCP will train children to be future leaders" said Deki Pema.

The Constitution of children's parliament was adopted on June 2, 2015 by 222 representatives of the 153 Democracy Clubs. The Constitution comprises of 16 Articles on various aspects of the parliament.

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