Tibet Sun Online News
ON THE WEB, 22 August 2020
The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) announced the voter’s registration process, for exile Tibetans to exercise their franchise in the upcoming general elections for a new political leader of CTA and members of the exile Parliament.
Any Tibetan who has reached 18 years of age or above on 31 October 2020, and holds a Green Book showing tax payment to CTA up to 31 March 2020, is eligible to vote.
Those who have already registered earlier do not need to register again. Registration is for those who have not registered before, and the fresh voters.
Registration will begin from 1 September to 15 October at the Regional Election Commissions in the respective localities. There are about 85 polling stations in 30 countries around the world.
Voting will take place in two phases. Nominations will be made in the preliminary round, and the shortlisted candidates will be voted on in the final round. The dates are yet to be announced, but are expected later this month. The final results of voting are expected to be in early April, as the incumbent CTA president Lobsang Sangay’s five-year term finishes at the end of May.
Chief Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur, during the press conference announcing the registration dates said, “Since voter registration is extremely important, we urge all Tibetan people who are eligible to vote to kindly register within the given time.”
No one can participate in the balloting without registration, and the registered Green Book must be produced to the poll officials to exercise the voting rights.
Pesur promised that the elections will be conducted in a free and fair manner, and that his office will make sure that the elections take place smoothly in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since the announcement of the election process by the Election Commission on 5 August, a few have announced their candidacies for the post of CTA president. Gyari Dolma was the first person to announce her intent to run for the post. Lobsang Nyandak from New York has also thrown his name into the ring.
Some other names that are being pushed around for the top job are Dongchung Ngodup, Penpa Tsering, Tashi Wangdu, and Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok.