17 January, 2011 15:32

From today’s Kuensel:
The mayor of State College, Pennsylvania lambasts Bhutanese over low voter registration for the upcoming first mayoral elections in the capital city.

Mayor Elizabeth and husband Jack V Matson in Bhutanese garb

Excerpt:

“Citing the United States as a example, where women and black people were denied voting rights when the country was founded more than 200 years ago, the mayor said that over time things could change in Bhutan as well, as it transacts into a more mature and strong democracy.

About how can a mayor develop a city, Elizabeth said that the mayor should be readily available to the public and talk to various groups. He or she should know what the city wants and their problems and how serious problems are. “The mayor must be seen as representing the town, because he or she belongs to people and should conduct regular and open discussions with people about decisions being made, and welcome people to listen and hear their comments,” said the Penn State mayor. “To build a city, the mayor needs a lot of information.”

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