Tibetan Elections: Official preliminary round 2021 results

Chief Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur announces the results of the preliminary round of elections for Sikyong and members of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile at the exile headquarters in Dharamshala, India, on 8 February 2021.

Chief Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur announces the results of the preliminary round of elections for Sikyong and members of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile at the exile headquarters in Dharamshala, India, on 8 February 2021. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 8 February 2021

The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration announced the results of the preliminary round of the 2021 Tibetan Elections on 8 February 2021. The polling was held on 3 January to elect candidates for the final voting for Sikyong (Prime Minister) and 45 Chitues (Members of Parliament). Out of 82,969 registered voters, 63,701 Tibetans voted at 57 locations in 25 countries around the world. However, voting didn’t take place in Bhutan.

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

Names announced today for Sikyong and members of Parliament must confirm their position whether staying in the fray with the Election Commission to be shortlisted as candidates for the final round of voting on 11 April. All those shortlisted must write to their local Election Commission by 15 February. If a person is running either for Sikyong or Chithue, they must submit their bio along with recent photographs.

List of the candidates for the final round will be announced on 21 March, with each assigned an election sign along with their names and other details. No campaigning will be allowed by anyone till the above date of announcing the final candidates, leaving only 20 days for campaigning.

The Election Commission announced that there had been errors in the totals of the Sikyong results, and updated those totals on 9 February 2021.

Totals updated 9 February 2021
Name Votes
Penpa Tsering  23,762 
Kaydor  14,031 
Gyari Dolma  13,171 
Dongchung Ngodup  10,011 
Lobsang Nyandak  983 
Acharya  221 

Go to all official preliminary round results, in the Elections section of this website.


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