District office for MPs
Alike the western democracies, Bhutan’s parliament is seriously considering establishing offices for parliamentarians in every district to better connect with the voters and listen to their concerns closely.
In western democracies, every parliamentarian has his/her office in the electorate or constituency.
“The MPs have the oversight functions; they have the monitoring functions and other important functions to be carried out. So when they visit Dzongkhags and gewogs, they need to carry out lots of discussions. And for parliamentarians visiting office to office can have a reversal impact on the quality of discussion. Hence it will be better if the office could be set up immediately,” said Speaker Wangchuk Namgyal in Trongsa.
The speaker is travelling districts seeking suggestions from locals. He said he has received positive feedback on his proposal so far.