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5,900 register from N America for upcoming Tibetan elections

October 3, 2010

Tibetan Review
October 1, 2010

Voter registration in North America for the
upcoming exile Tibetan gubernatorial elections
had reached 5,900, the highest so far, according
to the Dalai Lama’s New York-based representative
Mr Lobsang Nyandak Zayul. But of course the exile
Tibetan population in the region had increased
considerably over the last five years. The total
strength is now around 20,000, according to Mr
Tenzin Choden, who represents the North American
Tibetans at the Tibetan parliament and who stated
the figure during his remark at the last session held in September.

There are at present 30 Tibetan associations in
North America, according to Mr Zayul.

Mr Zayul made the comments during a second
teleconference organized by the Office of Tibet,
New York, headed by him, on Sep 27 evening,
reported the exile government-run Sep
29. The first teleconference was held in Apr’10
and the purpose is to help the Tibetan public
gain a better understanding of the working of the
Office of Tibet and to seek suggestions and feedback.

The participants in the teleconference included
Kasur Pema Choejor; Kasur Seopa Gyatso; Mr
Lobsang Jinpa, former secretary to the Dalai
Lama; Geshe Thupten Jinpa, translator to the
Dalai Lama; Tsering Norzom, former exile Tibetan
MP; Dr Lobsang Sangay, legal scholar, and Ms
Youdon Dhonden. They were joined by Mr Kunga
Tashi and Ms Tenzin Dickyi from the Office of Tibet.
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