2001 – Drafting of Constitution begins
His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck commanded the drafting of Bhutan’s first ever constitution on 30 November 2001. Under the Chairmanship of Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay, the Chief Justice, the Constitution Drafting Committee referred to the constitutions of more than 50 countries and submitted the first draft to the Druk Gyalpo on 9 December 2002.
The king declared before the Lhengye Zhungtshog on 21 March 2005 that “The adoption of the Constitution will provide the legal framework for a democratic, political system that is best suited for Bhutan and will establish a system of governance that will safeguard the security and sovereignty of the nation and ensure the wellbeing of the Bhutanese people for all times to come.”
In March 2005, the draft constitution was released to the public, following which consultations with the people in all the 20 districts took place.