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Tibetan parliament urges Nepal to return confiscated ballot boxes

October 17, 2010

Tenzin Tsering
October 12, 2010

Dharamsala, Oct. 12 -- The Tibetan Parliament in
Exile has sought the United Nations and the
Amnesty International’s intervention in the
release of ballot boxes confiscated by Nepalese
government on October 3, 2010 when Tibetans all
over the world took part in the preliminary polls
for the Kalon Tripa and parliamentray elections.

The Tibetan Parliament in Exile appealled to the
United Nations and the Amnesty International tp
use “your official and personal channel" to help release the ballot boxes.

On October 3, around 30 Nepalese policemen in
riot gears under the direction of Ministry of
Home appeared at two polling booths in Kathmandu
at Swayambhunath monastery (Tibetan: Phagshing)
and Boudha (Tib: Choeten) and confiscated the ballot boxes.

The appeal letter sent to the international
bodies expressed "shock" and "condemnation" of
the unprecedented act against democracy.

"In the last 50 years, there has never been a law
and order problem created by our community on the
days of the elections. More so, we are grateful
to our host nations that there never was
interruption to prevent us from electing our own
representatives and the Kalon Tripa,” said Deputy
Speaker of TPiE in the letter.

Nepal is home to some 20,000 Tibetan refugees who
crossed into the Himalayan country since the
Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. In recent
times, Nepal has developed a close friendship
with China which ensures consistent flow of aid
for the crisis stricken country.

In July, during the bilateral talks between the
two, China announced to give "US$ 1.47 million
(10 million Yuan) every year to the Ministry of
Home Affairs to strengthen security apparatus to
curb anti-China activities," said a Nepalese
government who attended the meeting.

Nepal says it keeps a resolute "One China Policy"
and the elections had "violated Nepal’s foreign
policy and existing laws of the host country,"
according to Nepalese media reports that quoted a
statement from the Home Ministry of Nepal.

Special envoy of the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari who
met with the US Ambassador to Nepal, Scott DeLisi
expressed his concerns about the long historical
relationship Nepal and Tibet, and the recent
disruption of the democratic exercise of the Tibetans in Nepal.

He also expressed concerns that "Chinese
authorities virtually ordering Nepalese officials
without any respect to its status as a sovereign
nation" is a common knowledge shared by various
representatives of the international community in Nepal.

"In a democratic system of governance there is
provision for re-election in case of disruption
in voting process,” said Jampal Chosang, the
Chief of Election Commissioner of the Tibetan Government in Exile, based here.
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