On Friday, December 17, 2010, I attended an event for Kalon Tripa candidate, Kasur Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, here in the Washington, D.C. area. Even though some of us are familiar with Kasur Tethong’s background it was a good reminder of the contributions that Tibetans of his generation have made in the past. He reiterated his determination, if elected as the Kalon Tripa, the Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet.
Over the weekend I took the time to reflect on developments in the Tibetan election process. Although competitive election system is not something new to the Tibetans in exile, yet until this election cycle it has more or less been a tame affair. In the past candidates have sought recourse to direct and indirect campaigning but they did this mostly through word of mouth or informal channels. Therefore, it is praise worthy that now we are seeing open and organized campaigning by and on behalf of candidates (mostly in the Kalon Tripa elections than in the parliamentary elections). This is certainly an indication of increased political awareness and the result of Tibetans taking advantage of development in the field of information technology.
As we move forward in our ongoing Tibetan election process I feel there are some issues that the Tibetan voting public needs to be mindful of. I am saying this because we are taking baby steps in a more aggressive version of competitive elections with all the unforeseen possible consequences. Continue reading “Potential Pitfalls in the Wake of Current Tibetan Election Process”