Election Commission transparency

posted Dec 23, 2010, 11:08 AM by The Tibetan Political Review
Dear Editors,

I have noticed your call for campaign finance transparency and I wholeheartedly agree with you and applaud you for thinking outside the box and trying to bring in positive changes to the way we evolve as a democracy.  I also feel an editorial is useful on what is/is not a proper campaign donation and who can/cannot be directly involved in campaign financing.   

In lieu with that, I also want to request another sort of transparency from the Election Commission.  I feel, being an active member of an exciting candidate, I need the data required to make correct choices in terms of campaign efforts and strategy.   Right now, the Election Commission hasn’t disclosed any particular information about which candidate has done well in which area and by how much.  I am sure they have the data readily available.  It will help immensely in determining which areas we need to double our efforts and which areas are secure.  Without proper data on the pre-lim, it seems we have to just rely on rumours and that is not a healthy way to progress. 

I am not necessarily asking for Pie-Charts or compressible maps with Red and Blue colourfully marked on it, just the regular run of the mill plain old numbers would do just fine.  It also brings into question whether a candidate was able to carry his own home base and if not, what that says about the candidate.  These are, I believe, valid reasons and would further increase the transparency that we all desire.

Tenpa Dhargyal Gashi (it is now Gashi instead of Gapshi)
Toronto, Canada