2006 Central Tibetan Administration general election

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2006 Central Tibetan Administration general election
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  2001 June 3, 2006 2011  
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Candidate Lobsang Tenzin Juchen Thubten Namgyal
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote29,2162,989

Kalon Tripa before election

Lobsang Tenzin

Elected Kalon Tripa

Lobsang Tenzin

General elections for Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan government in exile and members of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration were held on June 3, 2006, by members of the Tibetan diaspora. The election took place, as usual, after a preliminary election held on March 18, 2005. The original election's date was postponed as requested from the community on India due to the fact that this was settled originally for December 22, 2005, because many voters depended on winter tourism. [1] The process was organized by the Tibetan Electoral Commission. Then incumbent Kalon Tripa Lobsang Tenzin won the election with more than 90% of the votes cast over former Kalon (Minister) Juchen Thubten Namgyal. [2]

Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration

The Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPiE), officially the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, is the unicameral and highest legislative organ of the Central Tibetan Administration. It was established and is based in Dharamshala, India. The creation of this democratically elected body has been one of the major changes that the 14th Dalai Lama brought about in his efforts to introduce a democratic system of administration. Today, the Parliament consists of 45 members: ten members each from Ü-Tsang, Kham, and Amdo, the three traditional provinces of Tibet; the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional Bön faith elect two members each; four members are elected by Tibetans in the west: two from Europe, one from Australasia, one from North America and one from Canada. The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile is headed by a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker, who are elected by the members amongst themselves. Any Tibetan who has reached the age of 25 has the right to contest elections to the Parliament.

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  2. "Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche re-elected Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile)". Peace Council. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 16 March 2016.