(TibetanReview.net, Apr04’16) – Tibetans living in north America have elected a man and a woman to represent them at the 16th Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Dharamshala, India, according to results declared by the Office of North American Election Commissioner, Washington, DC, on Mar 29. The winners are Ms Pema Chagzoetsang and Mr Tsewang Rigzin. Members of the 45-member parliament will take oath of office in May, after the Tibetan election commission declares the full results on Apr 27.
Ms Chagzoetsang has won 3978 votes, the highest number among the six candidates. Former Tibetan Youth Congress President Mr Tsewang Rigzin has won the second highest number of votes at 2,947. Voluntary candidate Mr Tenzin Rangdol has come close third with 2,875 votes. North America Tibetans have two seats in the exile parliament.
Of the total of 12,410 registered Tibetan voters in the USA and Canada, 8,635 have voted, a nearly 70 percent turnout.
As reported already, in the Sikyong election, incumbent Lobsang Sangay won 5,059 votes, as against 3,482 votes won by his rival Speaker Penpa Tsering in North America.