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Tibetan Election Commission declares result of preliminary vote for Tibetan PM and Parliament-in-Exile

December 7, 2015

Central Tibetan Administration, December 4, 2015 - The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration today declared the results of the preliminary round of election for the Sikyong of 15th Kashag and members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The second and final round of voting will take place on March 20, 2016.

“As per Article 67 (3) of the Electoral Rules and Regulation, the Election Commission, after giving twenty days to withdraw candidature, should shortlist not more than six candidates for Sikyong from the preliminary election. Therefore, the commission has currently shortlisted 6 candidates from the preliminary election,” Mr Sonam Choephel Shosur, the Election Commissioner said.

“Similarly, in accordance with article 49 (1) of the electoral rules and regulation, the election commission after giving 45 days to withdraw candidature, should shortlist candidates not less than thrice the number of stipulated seats in the respective constituents of the Tibetan Parliament from the preliminary election. Therefore, the election commission has shortlisted 40 candidates each from the three traditional provinces of Tibet, 8 candidates each from four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion, North & South America, and Europe. Four candidates are shortlisted from Australasia (excluding India, Nepal and Bhutan),” he added.

The Election Commissioner further explained that Sikyong candidates should confirm their candidature between 5 – 24 December 2015 by submitting a letter of confirmation to the Election Commission through the local Election Commission. The letter of confirmation should contain the candidate’s name, age, date of birth, Green book number, brief biography in Tibetan Himalayan font 16 (not exceeding 18 Lines) with a recent passport-sized photo in colour.

Candidates of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile should submit their letter of confirmation from 5 December 2015 and not later than 18 January 2016. The letter of confirmation should contain the candidate’s name, age, date of birth, Green book number, brief biography in Tibetan Himalayan font 16 (not exceeding 18 Lines) with a recent passport sized photo in colour.

Those who would like to withdraw their candidature should do so by writing to the Election Commission. Withdrawal of candidature won’t be allowed once the final list is announced.

If a candidate (Sikyong and Tibetan Parliament) fails to confirm their candidature before the due date, the candidate would be considered unwilling to contest the election.

The top 6 candidates for office of Sikyong

Lobsang Sangay (incumbent)             30,508

Penpa Tsering                                      10,732

Atsok Lukar Jam                                 2557

Tashi Wandu                                       1880

Tashi Topgyal                                      38

Samdhong Rinpoche (undeclared)     18

For more results of the preliminary election: http://tibet.net/2015/12/election-commission-declares-result-of-preliminary-election-for-sikyong-and-tibetan-parliament-in-exile/

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