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Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement Witnesses High Voter Turnout

October 13, 2010

Preliminary round of voting in Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement in the
Indian state of Orissa on
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 6, 2010

Dharamshala -- The Tibetan people residing in Phuntsokling Settlement
in Orissa came out in large numbers to cast their votes in the
preliminary round of general elections for Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile and Kalon Tripa on Sunday, 3 October, according
to the regional election commissioner.

While observing the election process, it is fair to say that the
people are more aware of their democratic rights as the percentage of
voter turnout is around 94.39%, said Mr Ngawang Yonten, the regional
election commissioner.

As per our official record, nearly 20% of the registered voters would
have cast their ballots in other parts of the country such as sweater
selling units and colleges, he added.

The total numbers of eligible voters in Kalon Tripa and parliamentary
elections in Phuntsokling settlement are 1,132 and 1,120 respectively.

The final round of voting will take place on 20 March 2011.
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