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Exile Tibetans get more time to register to vote for their Sikyong, parliament elections

Thousands of Tibetans turned up at the voting booths to cast their vote for Sikyong (Prime Minister) and Chithue (Member of Parliament) Election 2016 of the Dharamsala based Central Tibetan Administration. (Photo courtesy: Tenzin Sangmo)
Thousands of Tibetans turned up at the voting booths to cast their vote for Sikyong (Prime Minister) and Chithue (Member of Parliament) Election 2016 of the Dharamsala based Central Tibetan Administration. (Photo courtesy: Tenzin Sangmo)

(TibetanReview.net, Nov09, 2015) – The Election Commission of the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, has announced Nov 7 that the last date for the registration of voters for the exile Tibetan elections due on Mar 20, 2016, has been extended till Feb 20, 2016.The preliminary poll from whose results the lists of candidates for the elections will be drawn up was held on Oct 20. The official preliminary poll results and the lists of candidates will be announced in the first week of Dec 2015.

Eligible exile Tibetans who are yet to register, including those who had attained the voting age of 18 “recently”, are asked to register with their concerned regional election commissions.

Although an official announcement is not yet out, results of preliminary polls in the different polling regions show that incumbent Sikyong Logsang Sangay, who has won most of the seats in most of them, and the Speaker of the exile Tibetan Parliament, Mr Penpa Tsering, who came second will be the official candidates.

Tibetans will also elect the 45 members to their 16th exiled parliament on Mar 20, 2016. Most will represent their traditional Tibetan provinces of U-tsang, Dotoe and Domey and the monastic communities of Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Gelug, and Bon. Only the two MPs each from North America and Europe, and the lone MP from Australasia plus Asian countries other than India, Nepal, and Bhutan will represent non-parochial exile Tibetan constituencies.

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