Tibetans vote to elect Prime Minister of govt-in-exile
Tibetans here voted on Sunday to elect the next Prime Minister or ‘Sikyong’ of the Tibetan government-in-exile and other members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament.
As many as 94 candidates are in the fray for 45 seats in these elections, the results of which will be declared on April 27.
Tibetans living in exile in India can also cast their votes in Bengaluru, Darjeeling, Bylakuppe, Dehradun and Delhi.
More than 90,000 registered Tibetans in exile across the world are taking part in the elections, which will see voting being held in the US, Japan, Russia and Australia. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, however, is not a voter for these elections.
The two main contestants for the post of Prime Minister are incumbent Lobsang Sangay -- whose five-year term expires next month -- and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Penpa Tsering.
Sangay’s is well-placed to retain his post after he secured 19,776 more votes than Tsering, who polled 10,732 votes in the preliminary elections in October, 2015. “Dharamsala, the capital of the Tibetan diaspora and the seat of the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, is witnessing the final round of elections to choose a Sikyong and members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile,” a Tibetan spokesperson said.