(LOGO) People’s Democratic Party We Serve with Humility: We walk the Talk The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is a broad- g) Foster professionalism at the workplace, and the based alliance of Bhutanese committed to realizing responsive and timely delivery of public services the vision of our beloved Kings to establish a by the government and public sector; successful democracy and a strong and prosperous h) Employ ICT as a means to enhance efficiency nation. and transparency of government; The PDP was founded to enable our people to i) Curb all forms of corruption and institute systemic exercise the political power gifted to them by His cures where necessary; Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye j) Accelerate economic growth while ensuring Wangchuck in a responsible and progressive manner. equity, balanced regional development, and the The PDP will foster an environment where our sustainable use of natural resources; people can exercise their democratic rights to k) Promote the growth of a dynamic private sector advance their wellbeing and chart the nation’s destiny through consistent, predictable and supportive on a course of peace, justice, security and the pursuit policies while ensuring a level playing field for all; of happiness by all. l) Provide rural access and infrastructure, and The PDP pledges to serve His Majesty the Fifth support niche products, micro-enterprises and Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and cottage industries in rural areas to enhance future Monarchs with absolute loyalty and devotion, incomes and alleviate poverty; and the people of Bhutan with humility and dedication. m) Actively support entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to enhance Our Vision economic growth and employment opportunities in urban areas; A sovereign and peaceful Kingdom that is politically united, socially just, economically prosperous, n) Guarantee social justice for all our people, culturally and spiritually vibrant, and environmentally regardless of ethnicity, religion, or gender, and sustainable. ensure that all have access to basic necessities such as food, shelter, healthcare and education; Our Mission o) Enhance the quality and accessibility of health and education services; The overarching mission of the PDP is to safeguard national interests and to enhance the wellbeing of all p) Ensure equal opportunities and gainful Bhutanese through astute, effective and honest employment to our people so that each may governance. attain their full potential; q) Empower women to take an active and equal Towards achieving this mission the Party shall: part in social, economic and political affairs; a) Safeguard the sovereignty, independence and r) Endow our youth with requisite knowledge, skills, territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Bhutan; values and employment opportunities; b) Preserve internal peace, security and stability; s) Preserve and promote our culture, traditions, c) Strengthen the unity of the nation, and infuse in spirituality, and social and family values; our people a common national identity; t) Conserve our rich natural heritage and protect d) Practice and institutionalize democratic the right of future generations to a healthy governance with the participation of all sections environment; of our society; u) Enhance friendly relations with the international e) Safeguard the rights and freedom of our people community – particularly our closest friend and through equal justice, the rule of law, and a free neighbour India – on the basis of peace, and vibrant media and civil society; cooperation and the sovereign equality of states. f) Provide transparency, consistency, conviction and compassion in governance; Our Party Platform Come join us for a better tomorrow! “Economic development” shall be the PDP platform for Beginning with his survey-on-foot of the 1975 famine the 2008 parliamentary elections. Economic in Dagana (in his first few months as a civil servant), development includes not only industries, hydro and he has walked the length and breadth of the Kingdom. tourism sectors, but will also emphasis cottage He has witnessed firsthand the harsh ground realities industries and niche market products in rural areas, in which many Bhutanese live and work. and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in urban Drawing inspiration from His Majesty the Fourth Druk areas. It is by promoting such economic growth that Gyalpo, he works tirelessly to serve our people. we will combat poverty and unemployment, and Whether as a diplomat, or in trade & industry, enhance the overall quality of life of our people. planning, health, education and agriculture, he is known for wielding an uncompromising spirit in Our Symbol addressing the problems that afflict the common people. A galloping white horse signifying purity, action, dynamism and professionalism of the Party. He established the Health Trust Fund, National Technical Training Authority, National Employment Our Organization Board, Royal University of Bhutan, Institute of Zorig Chusum (Trashiyangtse); among others he launched For democracy to succeed in our country, the culture the “Be Somebody” campaign, Education Staff of democracy must first strike root in the structure and Welfare Fund, Youth Counselling, Scouts Programme, functioning of our political parties. and Land Management Campaign; and he also spearheaded the Good Governance (GG) and GG+ The PDP is democratic in organization and initiatives, and the Triple Gem approach to enable functioning. It is governed by a Charter that farmers to modernize their enterprise by coordinating institutionalizes a democratic structure and practices. production, accessibility and marketing. The party belongs to its large network of party members and workers across the country. They Our Candidates for 2008 decide on issues before the party and elect party leaders and parliamentary candidates. They will also PDP candidates for the historic Parliamentary hold our party leaders and representatives Elections in 2008 consist of an exceptional group of accountable for their policies and actions. down-to-earth professionals with wide experience, proven competence and leadership abilities. Many of The Party Convention is the supreme decision making our candidates have sacrificed high-level jobs in the organ of the PDP. It meets annually in a regular government and private sectors to answer the call of session that is open to all party members. Each duty to their nation. member enjoys an equal vote at the Party Convention. Each of our candidates have been carefully selected The Central Executive Council consists of members by the people in their respective constituencies where elected from all parliamentary constituencies. It is they enjoy extensive support. responsible for implementing the Party’s policies and programs that emanate from our Charter and Party This energy and dynamism of this cohesive team Convention. The Constituency, Thromde and Geog promises professionalism, fresh perspectives, and Committees are entrusted to manage the Party’s tangible systemic changes to governance so that our affairs at their respective levels. people will be served by a just, fair and responsive government. The Secretary General of the Party is the Chief Executive Officer of the Party, and manages the Membership affairs of the Party Secretariat. We invite all Bhutanese citizens who embrace our Our Leader party’s mission to become a member of our party. The founding leader of the PDP is Lyonpo Sangay Membership application details and forms are Ngedup. He has faithfully served our beloved Kings available from our Party offices and representatives and people for over thirty years. across the Kingdom, and from our party website. Above all else, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup has proved Contact Us that his heart is genuinely committed to serving our people. He has also proved that he is a man action We look forward to hearing from you! and results. His performance and achievements over the decades conclusively supports these statements. Come join us for a better tomorrow! We can be contacted in every Geog through our coordinators, or our headquarters: The Secretary General Telephone: 02-335557 People’s Democratic Party Fax: 02-335757 P.O. Box 835 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thimphu Website: www.pdp.bt Come join us for a better tomorrow!