A stitch in time saves nine. An early bird catches the worm. Start early, reach early. And many more! We have all incessantly heard about these maxims, basically conveying wisdom on the importance of time, numerous times and on many occasions. And there couldn’t be a better time than now to contemplate how timing could be a decisive factor in determining the outcome of an election in the wake of concern among certain quarters that the three new political parties are far behind for the 2013 elections race.
Although the campaign and election dates are yet to be finalized, one thing is certain that three elections (with the primary round) have to be conducted within a span of six months and a new assembly formed by somewhere in July. Therefore, one of the major concerns is whether the three new parties will have adequate time for campaigning and elucidate the rural mass of its existence in some of the remote pockets in the country.
The new parties, some say, are still struggling and arduously looking for winnable candidates, while few maintained that the late start could actually be the new parties undoing in the primary round.
However, even new political parties are aware that old parties had plenty of time to campaign in the last elections. And we cannot help but agree to the fact that it would have been ideal for the new parties to have more time, just like what the president of Druk Chirwang Tshogpa reiterated.
Indubitably, it would be difficult for new parties to reach to the people of all 20 districts in the country in a short period of time. Further, aggravating the task are factors like their locations in rugged terrain and absence of road accessibility. Even if these factors could be dodged, it would be very unfortunate if what politicians call the ‘campaign’ or ‘consultation’ time coincides with spring, a time when farmers would have started work in their fields.
Therefore, the new parties registering late, it is contended, would be an advantage to the two old parties – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The erstwhile parties literally deserve no introduction. They entered the political arena early in 2007, months before the 2008 elections and have been vivid in public memory since then. They also had adequate time to tour some of the remote places in the country and interact with its people in 2008.
The incumbent MPs of the ruling government have, meanwhile, been touring their constituencies and keeping in touch with the people. Similarly, PDP has also maintained to keep its identity vivid in the minds of the public. However, the same cannot be said for the new parties, at least for now.