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Tibetans-in-exile vote for their parliament and cabinet

October 4, 2010

Akhilesh Bharati
Thaindian
October 3, 2010

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Oct.3 (ANI) --
Tibetans-in-exile here on Sunday voted for the
first round of general elections to the Tibetan Parliament and Cabinet.

A total number of 79,449 Tibetans are registered
as voters this time in comparison to 2006 when
there were 72,771 voters. In the 2006 elections,
52.29 per cent of Tibetans had exercised their political right.

Prominent candidates in the fray include Harvard
University Professor Lobsang Sangey, Tibetan
diplomat Tenzin Thethong Namgyal, former
President of Tibetan Youth Congress, Tsetan
Norbu, Speaker Pempa Tsering and Deputy- Speaker
Dolma Gyari, the only woman candidate.

"Now if you look, there are two things. One,
people expect that there would be a fruitful
negotiation with the Chinese, with the regard
with the future of Tibet. That would be the most
important thing for the Tibetan people wherever
they are, whether they are here in Dharamsala or
elsewhere in India," said Jamphel Choesang, Chief Election Commissioner.

"And another could be, in exile we have 150,000
Tibetans, so people look forward more improvement
in the infrastructure of the Tibetans wherever they are living," he added.

Tibetans gathered at different polling booths in Dharamsala to cast their vote.

"We are just expecting that what we say sincere
candidate (wins), who will really look after the
well being of the Tibetan communities, that’s our
main expectation. Whoever that people may be,
whoever cast that people may be, he should look
after the well being of the Tibetan community," said Kelsansg Wangdoo.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetans along with their
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in
India in 1959 after an unsuccessful uprising against the Chinese rule. (ANI)
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