By Tibet Sun Onlinenews
ON THE WEB, 3 February 2016
The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration announced incumbent Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Penpa Tsering as the two candidates running for the post of Sikyong (Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration) in 2016.
They have been shortlisted from a preliminary round of voting in October last year in which more than 47,000 exile Tibetans around the world participated. The final round of election is scheduled for 20 March.
The Chief Election Commissioner of the CTA, Sonam Choephel Shosur, also announced the list of the final candidates for the 16th Parliament. Each of the three provinces — Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang — have twenty candidates, and the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon have four candidates each.
The stipulated four candidates each have been shortlisted for Europe, North America, and Australasia (excluding India, Nepal and Bhutan).
In addition to nominees elected in October, there are a few volunteer candidates. There is one volunteer candidate for U-Tsang, two volunteer candidates for North America, and one volunteer candidate for Australasia.