posted Mar 23, 2011, 5:38 PM by The Tibetan Political Review
Press Release, 6 August 2010
2nd ETC Organizing Committee
Contact person: Mr. Thupten Gyatso (President of Tibetan Community of France)
Phone: +33 680729054
The 2nd ETC Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the launch of European Chitue Initiative. This is an initiative to engage in a pre-election search for eligible candidates to run for the office in the upcoming Tibetan Parliamentary preliminary elections in October 2010 and final elections in March 2011.
The role of the next parliamentary representatives from Europe is of tremendous importance as the number of Tibetans living in Europe is on the rise today. According to the Tibetan charter in exile, Tibetans living in Europe can elect two representatives.
"I believe that it is important that individuals committed to the Tibetan issue combined with a good understanding of the European system represent Tibetans living in Europe" said Thupten Gyatso, Chairperson of the 2nd ETC Organizing Committee which started this initiative.
During the last general elections to the ATPD only 36 percent of the registered voters or around 800 people out of 2224 registered voters decided the two deputies from Europe.
"This is very disheartening. A democracy is only as strong as the people who participate in the process. While we expect the Central Tibetan Administration to find a solution to one of the hardest problem, we also need to put in effort from our part as individual Tibetans," Thupten Gyatso pointed out.
As the oppression in Tibet continues, and there is no immediate breakthrough in the dialogue with the Chinese government, it is imperative that Tibetans use the democratic system to put forward our best candidates. This will improve our democracy and add strength to our common cause.
Tibetans living in Europe can go to the ETC website (http://europetibetancongress.wordpress.com/) and nominate their candidates. The candidates will be listed as we receive the nominations. The only criteria is that the candidate is over 25 years old, has current residency in Europe and holds a Green Book. We believe more information and transparency will improve our democratic process. This initiative is inspired by the Kalon Tripa initiative launched by Mr. Thubten Samdup.