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Tibetan Elections: Tibetans In Exile Go To Polls

October 5, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 3, 2010

Dharamshala -- The preliminary round of general
elections of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
and the 3rd Kalon Tripa (Chairman of the Kashag
or Cabinet) by popular vote is being held in
Tibetan communities across the world on Sunday, 3 October.

79,449 voters are eligible to cast ballots in
this general elections as compared to 72,771 in 2006 elections.

Tibetans cast their ballots at a polling booth in
Gangchen Kyishong in Dharamsala, India, on Sunday, 3 October 2010

Tibetans living in India, Nepal and Bhutan, North
America, Europe and other countries across the
world are casting their votes in the primary elections.

The settlements in India and Nepal and countries
where voting took place are Dharamsala,
Bylakuppe, Mundgod, Hunsur, Kollegal, Bhandara,
Mainpat, Orissa, Tezu, Meoa, Bumla, Ladakh,
Rawangla, Herberpur, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Mandi,
Simla, Delhi, Shillong, Bangalore, Tashijong,
Bir, Sataun, Kumrao, Puruwala, Bonshi, Kullu,
Paonta, Dalhouise, Chauntara, Kalimpong,
Varanasi, Sarnath, Kathmandu, Gangtok, Pokhara,
Sha-wa-rasum in Nepal, Nainital, Dimapur,
Lotserog, Bhutan, England, America and Canada,
Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and Russia.

Large voter turnout was witnessed in the north
Indian town of Dharamsala as residents came out
in droves to cast their votes at their respective
polling booths set in 10 different locations.

Enthusiastic voters braved scorching sun and long
lines that stretched down the road to cast their
votes at a polling station in Gangchen Kyishong,
the seat of the Central Tibetan Administration in India.

The final round of voting is scheduled to take place on 20 March 2011.
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