Election 2016: Official preliminary round results

Voting in Tibetan elections for nomination of Sikyong 2016 and Parliament members.

Chief election commissioner Shosur Sonam Choephel announcing the results of the preliminary round of elections in Dharamshala, India, on 4 December 2015. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration announced the results of the preliminary round of Tibetan Elections on 4 December 2016. The polling was held on 18 October to elect a Sikyong (Prime Minister) and 45 Chitues (Members of Parliament). 47,105 Tibetans voted at 85 locations around the world.

Tibetans in India, Nepal, and Bhutan choose 10 members each from their respective province: Amdo, Kham, or U-Tsang. The monks and nuns elect two representatives each from their respective religious school: Bon, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma, or Sakya. Residents of Australasia (excluding India, Nepal, and Bhutan) elect one, and of Europe and North America elect two representatives each.

Sikyong results

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
Lobsang Sangay  Lithang  Dharamshala  Sikyong  30,508 
Penpa Tsering  Nangra  Dharamshala  Speaker  10,732 
Lukar Jam  Tsolho  Dharamshala  President Gu Chu Sum  2,557 
Tashi Wangdu  Dachen  Bangalore  CEO FTCI  1,880 
Tashi Topgyal  Ngari  Delhi  Ex-Army  38 

Chitue results

Amdo (Domay) - top 25 out of 40 announced

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Thupten Lungrig  Rebkong  Dharamshala  MP  1,495 
  Menpa Khenrab Gyatso  Thika  Dharamshala  MP  1,308 
  Tashi Dhondup  Serta  Nepal  MP  1,113 
  Tsering Lhamo  Ngawa  Dharamshala  DIIR staff  981 
  Yeshi Dolma  Hortsang  Dharamshala  MP  899 
  Gyarig Thar  Mangra  Dharamshala  MP  861 
  Lobsang Choejor  Rebkong  Dharamshala  Researcher  802 
  Karma Gelek  Jakhyung  Bhandara  Amdo Executive  774 
  Tsering Youdon  Chone  Hunsur  MP  717 
  Ratsa Sonam Norbu  Sharkhog  Delhi  Bank staff  707 
  Dhondup Tashi  Ladang  Dharamshala  Editor Tibet Times  510 
  Sonam Wangmo  Ladang  Dhondup Ling  Amdo Executive  465 
  Geshe Ngawa Gangri  Ngawa  Dharamshala  Amdo President  394 
  Pema Choedon  Zoege  Dharamshala  Former TWA executive  375 
  Sonam Gyaltsen  Thika  Dharamshala  MP  282 
  Tenzin Choekyap  Dobi  Suja  Teacher  269 
  Tenzin Ngodup  Chabcha  Dharamshala  Former Amdo executive  248 
  Tsangyang Gyatso  Golog  Dharamshala  Jonang president  228 
  Lobsang Thupten  Rebkong  Dharamshala  Principal Kunphen  177 
  Nyenthar  Luchu  Varanasi  PhD  169 
  Lobsang Choephel  Ngawa  Dharamshala  Monlam IT president  162 
  Khyungduk Tsering  Tsongon  Hunsur  Regional Amdo exec  122 
  Meu Wangzin Lhamo  Ngawa  Delhi  Social worker  107 
  Tsering Logya  Chentsa  Suja  Teacher  89 
  Lhawang Dorje  Nangra  Bylakuppe  Amdo executive  83 

Kham (Dotoe) - top 25 out of 40 announced

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Juchen Kunchok Choedon  Dege  Chauntra  MP  4,495 
  Serta Tsultrim  Serta  Dharamshala  MP  4,228 
  Yangchen Dolkar  Dege  Shillong  MP  3,692 
  Jamyang Soepa  Lithang  Dharamshala  MP  3,544 
  Aukatsang Youdon  Chamdo  Delhi  MP  3,516 
  Lobsang Dakpa  Lithang  Dharamshala  Reporter Radio Free Asia  2,851 
  Pema Delek  Ling Tsang  Bylakuppe  Pres ChuShiGangDruk  2,569 
  Lobsang Yeshi  Tsawa  Bylakuppe  MP  2,499 
  Kunchok Yarphel  Markham  Delhi  GSec Jamtse Foundation  2,468 
  Dorjee Tsetan  Nangchen  Dharamshala  Asia Director SFT  2,462 
  Choekyong Wangchuk  Gapa  Herbertpur  MP  2,436 
  Ngawang Tharpa  Sog Dzong  Dharamshala  Exec ChuShiGangDruk  2,434 
  Gelek Namgyal  Tehor  Bangalore  Youth Coordinator  1,949 
  Gyari Bhutuk  Nyagrong  Bangalore  MP  1,567 
  Tsering Dolma  Lithang  Shillong  Joint Sec RTWA  1,421 
  Geshe Yeshi Gawa  Bawa  Dharamshala  Dalai Lama Biographer  1,119 
  Abo Gakyi  Nangchen  Dharamshala  Editor Nangchen History  989 
  Tenzin  Nangchen  Shimla  Speaker local assembly  944 
  Tsering Dorjee  Tehor  Bir  Exec ChuShiGangDruk  873 
  Karma Khedup  Riwoche  Orissa  Exec ChuShiGangDruk  831 
  Wangdue Dorjee  Tehor  Bir  Acct ChuShiGangDruk  810 
  Geshe Sermey Loga  Lithang  Dharamshala  Sec Nyungney Temple  788 
  Gang Lhamo  Dakyap  Dharamshala  MP  715 
  Tsewang Tenzin  Dege  Hunsur  President FTCI  569 
  Pema Metok  Nangchen  Dharamshala  Teacher   502 

U-Tsang - top 25 out of 40 announced

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Sharling Dhadon  Tsangpa  Dharamshala  MP  10,704 
  Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok  Ngari  Delhi  MP  6,820 
  Dolma Tsering  Dakne  Dharamshala  MP  6,363 
  Dhondup Tashi  Ngari  Ladakh  Settlement Officer  6,298 
  Dawa Phunkyi  Tsang Gampa  Dharamshala  MP  6,271 
  Pema Jungney  Ngari  Dharamshala  MP  6,196 
  Karma Yeshi  Sakya  Dharamshala  MP  5,174 
  Dawa Tsering  Toe Rachu  Dharamshala  MP  5,109 
  Tharlam Dolma  Kongpo  Bylakuppe  Former Principal  4,438 
  Migyur Dorjee  Ngari  Dharamshala  Former Cabinet Sec  3,520 
  Samten Chodon  Ngari  Bylakuppe  Former VP TWA  3,401 
  Namgyal Dolkar  Lhoka  Dharamshala  VP Gu Chu Sum  3,248 
  Jigmey Jungney  Ngari  Bylakuppe  MP  2,691 
  Tenzin Jamyang  Ngari  Dharamshala  Teacher TCV  2,207 
  Chime Youngdung  Ngari  Dharamshala  Former Pres NDPT  2,088 
  Dawa Rinchen  Tsang Gampa  Dharamshala  Vice President ITFA  1,998 
  Rinchen Tsering  Ngari  Dehra Dun  VP Ngari Assn  1,973 
  Namgyal Qusar  Ngari  Dharamshala  Doctor  1,924 
  Tashi Dolma  Nyanam  Dekyiling  President TWA  1,909 
  Janyel Tsering Lhakyab  Gyaltse  Bylakuppe  President RTYC  1,877 
  Tsetan Norbu  Dokmen  Nepal  Former MP  1,872 
  Tsering Thakchoe  Dhingri  Dharamshala  Doctor  1,758 
  Tsewang Dorjee  Pema Koe  Bylakuppe  Social worker  1,705 
  Sonam Dorjee  Thoding  Dharamshala  Settlement officer  1,582 
  Jigme Sholpa  Lhasa  Delhi  Researcher  1,362 

Bon - 5

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Geshe Monlam Tharchin  Khyungpo  Solan  MP  149 
  Bara Tsewang Tashi  Dachen  Solan  Speaker local assembly  100 
  Geshe Namdak Tsukphue  Dachen  Varanasi  MP  75 
  Phurba Wangden  Sharkhog  Solan  Former settlement officer  10 
  Lobsang Gyatso  Khyunglung  Solan  Pres Tibetan Freedom Movement  9 

Gelug - 5

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Atuk Tsetan  Lithang  Mundgod  MP  2,187 
  Lobsang Phendey  Bawa  Mundgod  Exec ChuShiGangDruk  1,410 
  Beri Sonam Wangchuk  Beri  Dharamshala  Researcher  1,036 
  Geshe Lhakdor  Ngari  Dharamshala  Director LTWA  833 
  Geshe Thupten Wangchuk  Chushul  Bylakuppe  GSec Sera Jey  730 

Kagyu - 5

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Kunga Sotop  Dege  Bodh Gaya  Secretary of Tergar  239 
  Tenpa Yarphel  Chamdo  Dharamshala  MP  224 
  Tenzin Jampa  Ling Tsang  Tashi Jong  Editor Bhutanese Dictionary  221 
  Sonam Dadul  Nagchu  Kumrao  Former MP  175 
  Pema Rigzin  Gapa  Deckyi Ling  Head of Jangchup Ling  116 

Nyingma - 5

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Khenpo Sonam Tenphel  Rekhe  Dharamshala  Vice-Chair MP  801 
  Khenpo Pema Choephel  Tsawa  Bir  Abbot Palyul Choekhorling  457 
  Chamra Drimey Gyaltsen  Dege  Delhi  Exec ChuShiGangDruk  113 
  Trulku Ugyen Topgyal  Nangchen  Bir  Former MP  5 
  Tsering Phuntsok  Gonjo  Bylakuppe  Former Culture Minister  3 

Sakya - 5

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Lophon Thupten Gyaltsen  Markham  Puruwala  Editor Sakya Dictionary  169 
  Geshe Gasi Tseringpo  Gonjo  Chauntra  MP  163 
  Khenpo Ngodup Sonam  Tehor  Gopalpur  Religious teacher  140 
  Acharya Lobsang Gyaltsen  Lhokha  Gopalpur  Tibetan teacher  100 
  Dawo Ngawang Lodoe  Gapa  Kumrao  Speaker of local assembly  8 

Australasia - total 4

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Kyinzom Dhongdue  Gyaltse  Sydney  Spokesperson ATC  167 
  Ngodup Gyaltsen  Pureng  Canberra  Former CTA staff  150 
  Thupten Dhondup  Gapa  Melbourne  National former prez  110 
  Khangnyertsang Phurbu Tashi  Markham  Sydney  Former pres Tibetan Assn  91 

Europe - top 5 out of 8 announced

  Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Thupten Wangchen  Kyirong  Spain  MP  2,124 
  Tethong Tenzin Wangpo  Shitse  Switzerland  MP  917 
  Thupten Gyatso  Gyarong  France  Former pres Tibetan Assn  872 
  Samdo Jampa Tsering  Alha Gyari  Switzerland  Rikon Tibetan teacher  809 
  Tenzin 59  Dege  France  Regional Dege Executive  241 

North America - top 5 of 8 announced

Name Origin From Occupation Votes
  Tashi Namgyal  Gapa  Seattle  MP  1,242 
  Pema Chagzoe Tsang  Kongpo  Utah  Regional staff  1,194 
  Tsewang Rigzin  Tsang Jeypa  Minnesota  Former pres TYC  862 
  Gotruk Kalsang Phuntsok  Dhingri  Portland  Former pres TYC  835 
  Tsering Sangpo Gaga  Tehor  New York  Former VP Tibetan Assn  782 

Comments

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  1. 11.
    khamtruk, from None, says:on 5 January 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Dear Mr Bhod, I feel you may be totally influenced by the Dawa Tsering, MP, Utsang. Your version on Yongling school is not like this way as you said. To my understanding, Yongling school building is not owned by Dawa Tsering and is not his property. He didn’t accept the verdict of Supreme Justice Commission and went for local court, which I think being a member of Parliament and legislature member, he is totally against to the law of Exile. So he doesn’t deserve the vote and Utsang public must aside him from the candidate list this time.

  2. 10.
    Khamtruk, from None, says:on 5 January 2016 at 12:49 pm

    To all my new top-listed Dotoe Chithue: If you guys come to MP, it is a must to change your facial expression while debating in the House. Your aggressive looks always minds us and we get scold from colleagues and same time we feel “Why”. It would be good to change your attitude while in the House. When you are on this chair, you should speak, speak on behalf of the general public; don’t remain mum. And to learn Tibetan language is very important.

  3. 9.
    Penpa, from Delhi, says:on 13 December 2015 at 9:10 pm

    With regard to Chitues, if I am given chance to kickout a member each from three Cholkhas, these would be Tsering Youdon (at no. 9) from Amdo, Yangchen Dolkar (at no. 3) from Kham and Dawa TSering (at no. 8) from U-tsang. I don’t find them interesting in the parliament. They are not effective enough. I also don’t feel Sharling Dadon, and Karma Yeshi from U-tsang so useful. I find them doing some talks but without any meaning.

    • 8.
      Sangpo, from Delhi, says:on 14 December 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Penpa la, I agree with you. U-tsang chitue Dawa Tsering in particular doesn’t fulfil the chitue criteria, which says that a member to be elected in the Parliament shouldn’t have any criminal record against him. Mr Dawa Tsering has a criminal case of owning public property. Both Tibetan and Indian courts gave verdicts against him. So how can he be in the elections in the first place, and why Tibetan people are not being honest. The morality of the Tibetans is going down. Please wake up. Also request Election Commission to be fair and go by the rules.

      • 7.
        Bhod, from Dharamshala, says:on 15 December 2015 at 12:32 pm

        The Yongling school is not at all a public property. First try to understand what does public property mean. The school is the initiative of Dawa Tsering and his friend, it is neither established by DOE nor by TCV nor any public sector cooperative. I know and saw how the parents of Dhasa facing difficulties without kindergarten school, during such period the light of Dawa Tsering initiative came out. We also supported him during that difficulty period, none of the parents of Dhasa are claiming the Yongling as public property, it is the gift of few dirty politicians of society during that time.

  4. 6.
    Rinchen Nyima, from McLeod Ganj, says:on 8 December 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Not so happy with the Sikyong result. Sangay has won the elections, but we failed; Tibetans failed. All I am asking is about his achievements in the last five years. He kept saying I brought money. This is as if Samdhong Rinpoche didn’t bring money. In fact, it is His Holiness who brought all the money for us to survive and sustain over the years.

    It looks like he will win, but my vote is not for him. I think people should ask themselves what Sangay has done in the last five years and what he is likely to do in the next five years.

    Please think properly and make the right decision for us and for Tibet. Bod Gyalo.

    • 5.
      Tashi Tsering, from Gankyi, says:on 9 December 2015 at 9:43 am

      Rinchen Nyima la,

      True democracy played its hand and the one that most Tibetans thought is capable to lead won by a majority. Whether you are happy or not is another question, probably with personal reasons, however we should as Tibetans all be happy as we are maturing towards a successful democratic system.

      Bod Gyalo!

  5. 4.
    Tharchin, from Dharamshala, says:on 7 December 2015 at 12:07 pm

    It seems like some of the currently serving MPs are going to be in the Parliament again for next five years. There are some MPs who are just there to fill the chair. Nether critical talks nor participate in the debates. They are solely winning due to backings or family names. They should be ashamed to be in the Parliament.

  6. 3.
    Tenzin Lhamo, from Europe , says:on 6 December 2015 at 7:44 am

    Dear editor,

    There is obviously an error in the poll. Tenzin Rangdol, chitue candidate for NA, is absent from the list published here. He is thought to have won the second place in the election in NA.

    I am wondering if it is a technical glitch by Tibet Sun, or, for that matter, the election commission.

    There’s a considerable confusion among my friends in the curious case of the missing candidate.

    Many thanks for any elucidation!

    Sincerely,

    Tenzin Lhamo

  7. 2.
    Tenzin Namgyal, from NY, says:on 5 December 2015 at 2:54 am

    Why isn’t Tenzin Rangdol’s name listed with the other North American chitues? I thought he got second-most on the premier election? I am sure this is a typo error from our EC… I hope they can look into this.

  8. 1.
    Ngawang Norbu, from USA, says:on 4 December 2015 at 9:13 pm

    What happened to Tenzin Rangdol N. America Chitue candidate? He stands on second position on premier election

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