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Tibetan Election Commission registers more than 3200 voters after fresh registration

February 1, 2011

Phayul[Thursday, January 27, 2011 17:31]
By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, Jan 27: The Central Election Commission of the Tibet’s
government in exile on Thursday revealed that there were little more
than 3200 newly registered voters after it embarked on a fresh voter
registration drive following the preliminary elections held in October
last year.

The election commission had earlier set January 25 as the deadline date
for the fresh voter registrations to reach its office.

“We have so far considered 3276 registered voters from the fresh voter
registration we received from 24 different locations around the world,”
Ven Geshe Rigzin Choedak, one of the two appointed Additional Election
Commissioners, said.

Of them, 1356 voters are from North America, 156 from Europe, and
remaining 1764 are from India, Ven Choedhak explained.

With this the total registered voters in the Tibetan electoral rolls for
the 2011 General Elections as of now has increased to 82,725 from the
earlier figure of 79,449.

Out of the 56 total electoral areas located around the world, Ven
Choedak said his office actually received voter registrations from 26 of

He said the lists of two other areas with more than 200 voters were
under process for further considerations.

“We are yet to consider the lists of registered voters we received from
Sataun and Paonta areas in India. There are altogether more than 200
people in those two lists. There is a need to verify certain details in
them. Once it is duly considered, we are expecting the total figure from
the fresh voter registration would be around 3500,” said Ven Choedhak.

The Central Tibetan Election Commission last week announced the final
lists of candidates for the upcoming prime ministerial and Tibetan
parliamentary elections.

The final rounds of the elections to be held on March 20, 2011 will
elect the third directly-elected Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) of Tibet's
government in exile and the members of the 15th Tibetan

Out of the 79,449 initial registered voters, little over 47,000
(approximately 61%) voted in the preliminary polls conducted on October 3.

Following the preliminary elections held in October last year, the
election commission had announced fresh registration dates from November
30, 2010 to January 17, 2011 for eligible voters who have missed the
preliminary rounds.

Although the voter turnout may vary from place to place, the overall
figure of registered voters for the 2011 elections is now almost 10,000
higher than that of the last general elections.

In the last general elections held in 2006, 72,776 (60%) were registered
to vote and, an estimated 26.8% (32,205 people) actually voted.

According to the Tibetan Election Commission, there were more than 9000
eligible Tibetan voters who had missed registration ahead of the
preliminary rounds of the elections.

The latest population census conducted by the Tibetan Planning
Commission in 2009 showed there were little over 89,000 Tibetans of the
approximately 150,000 Tibetans in exile are above the age of 18 and are
eligible to vote.

To be an eligible voter, a Tibetan must have completed 18 years of age
at the time of registration. Tibetan electoral rule allows a registered
voter to freely cast his vote at any polling booth, provided the Tibetan
Green Book is duly furnished at the time of voting.
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