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Clarification to group of Tibet supporters who expressed concerns about the Tibetan election process

posted Oct 29, 2015, 11:14 AM by The Tibetan Political Review
By Tibetan Election Commission

 We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the Tibet supporters for their continued concern for the Tibetan cause. However, we would like to make the following brief clarifications to the group of Tibet supporters who have expressed their concerns about the implementation of the CTA’s electoral rules and regulations.

The Election Commission has implemented the electoral rules adopted by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, especially Article 24 of the electoral rules, with utmost transparency. Section 9 of the article states, “During the elections of Sikyong and members of the Tibetan Parliament, the election commission should give clear directives as to the candidates, affix expenses limit by their supporters for campaigning, budgets and decorum of campaigning.” These directives of the election commission doesn’t in any way infringe on the right to free speech, association and campaign rights of any candidate, nor does it contravene any international human rights laws.

The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration doesn’t have the authority to approve organisations in any of its statutes. The commission recognises the eleven organisations on the basis of their having been approved by the Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament before. Therefore, we hope that you will understand that we have not made any arbitrary and ad hoc decisions.

The duty of the Election Commission is to issue directives on the electoral rules and regulations, and to adjudicate in case of its violation. However, it doesn’t take suo moto cognizance, as is the norm in any function of law.

We would further seek your understanding that the rules and regulations of the Central Tibetan Administration are formulated on the basis of a refugee community, which cannot be compared to the laws of democratic independent countries.

In the future, if there are any opinions on the subject, do directly contact the concerned office instead of taking recourse to other channels.

Election Commission

26 October 2015

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