Tibetans-in-exile cast their vote to elect political head
- Close to 150 candidates are contesting for 45 seats in Parliament
- Around 80,000 exiled Tibetans are slated to vote
- The final round of the two-phase election is scheduled to be held in April 2021
Tibetans-in-exile on Sunday cast their vote in the first phase of the election to elect the Sikyong (political head) and members of the 17th Tibetan Parliament. According to media reports, over 150 candidates are contesting for 45 seats in Parliament while eight candidates are in the race for the post of president of the Central Tibetan Administration, reported ANI.
Over 80,000 exiled Tibetans are slated to vote, of which 56,000 live in India, Nepal and Bhutan while 24,000 are in other countries.
Polling stations have been set up across Himachal Pradesh, with strict social distancing measures in place. Masks have been made mandatory at all polling booths.
The final round of the two-phase global election is scheduled to be held in April 2021.