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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Monday, August 29, 2005



3. NGOs Hold Election Awareness Programme (Phayul)


Phayul
August 28, 2005

Dharamshala August 28–As the Tibetans gear up for the upcoming assembly elections various
programmes of creating awareness among the public are being organized in the virtual Tibetan
capital. Tibetan legislators, Election Commissioner, government researcher came face to face with
the public today in what could best be described as a curtain raiser for the preliminary elections
of the 14th Tibetan Assembly.

A panel discussion titled ‘We the People’ was held at the auditorium of the Tibetan Institute of
Performing Arts. Arranged jointly by the Students for a Free Tibet, Regional Tibetan Youth
Congress and Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution, the panel discussion was aimed at generating
awareness about the importance of voting and elections.

“We want people to know the importance of democratic rights and duties as well,” says Tenzin
Choeying, India coordinator of the SFT.

Despite heavy rains which preceded the session, more than 600 people gathered to listen to the
panel of speakers comprising of Ms. Gyari Dolma, Vice Chairperson of the Assembly of the Tibetan
People’s Deputies, Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, the Election Commissioner, Mr. Karma Choephel, member of
ATPD and president of the National Democratic Party and Mr. Lugar Jam, researcher at the
Department of Security.

The organizers say that their effort is to tell the Tibetan people to make the best utilization of
the most precious democratic right of a citizen. And that effort, says Tenzin Choeying, will not
be worthwhile if there is no support from the public.

The preliminary polls for the assembly seats will take place on September 11.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Seattle Tibetan leader returns to homeland (TST)
  2. Tibetan monks leave colorful art at Bernheim (LCJ)
  3. NGOs Hold Election Awareness Programme (Phayul)
  4. Tibetan nuns thrive in exile - Project supports 600 Buddhists (SPI)



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