DHARAMSHALA: The Election Commission (EC) of the Central Tibetan Administration on 19 October issued a circular announcing the number of candidates that would be shortlisted for the final general election of Sikyong and the Tibetan Parliament, scheduled for 20 March 2016.
- Article 49 of the Tibetan electoral rules and regulation states that the election commission should shortlist candidates not less than thrice the number of stipulated seats in the respective constituents of the Tibetan Parliament from the preliminary election. For the final election, the election commission shall shortlist twice the stipulated seats for each constituency, in addition to the voluntary candidates.
- Article 67 of the electoral rules and regulation states that the election commission, after giving opportunity to withdraw candidature, should shortlist not more than six candidates for Sikyong from the preliminary election and not less than two candidates for the final election. Therefore, the election commission shall shortlist two candidates for the final election of Sikyong. However, if the vote margin between the second and third candidate is less than 20% in the preliminary election, three candidates shall be shortlisted for the final Sikyong election. If two candidates poll equal highest votes in the final election, the decision as to the winner will be made then.
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