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Preliminaries Held for Exile Tibetan PM and MPs

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3rdoctober201011r45Dharamshala: The preliminary round of elections for the new exile Kalon Tripa (Tibetan Prime Minister) and Chitue (parliament) were held on Sunday (October 3) in Tibetan refugee communities in India and around the world.

According to a Central Tibetan Administration estimate, a total of 79,449 Tibetans are registered to vote – 52.29% of the exile population aged 18 and over - compared to 72,771 in 2006. General elections are held at least every five years.

Speaking about voters’ hopes, at the Tibetan library in Dharamsala, north India, Chief Election Commissioner Jamphel Choesang said, “People expect that there would be a fruitful negotiation with the Chinese, with regard to the future of Tibet. That would be the most important thing for the Tibetan people…whether they are here in Dharamshala or elsewhere in India.

3rdoctober20101"And another would be, in exile we have 150,000 Tibetans, so people look forward to more improvement in the infrastructure of the Tibetans wherever they are living."

Besides India, Tibetans voted in Nepal, Bhutan, North America, Europe and several other countries. However, according to various reports, the Nepalese authorities confiscated ballot boxes yesterday at around 4pm, and Tibetan officials claim they have still not been returned.

On March 20 next year, the final round of votes will decide on the third directly elected Kalon Tripa and the MPs who will form the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.

Tibetan groups and non-government organizations have nominated over two dozen prime-ministerial candidates, including Harvard University professor Lobsang Sangay, former minister Tashi Wangdu, former minister Tenzin Tethong Namgyal, former speaker Karma Choephel, speaker Pempa Tsering, deputy-apeaker Dolma Gyari, Dr Lobsang Palden, and former Tibetan Youth Congress president Tsetan Norbu.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 October 2010 14:01 )  


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