Tibetans in exile have a borderless democratic governance system. In over 30 countries, they go to the polls every five years to elect the sikyong, their political leader, and the 45 members of their parliament in exile. Tibetans have a two-stage election system, the primary one to determine candidates, followed by the main elections. This year, the primary elections took place on Jan. 3, 2021, and the final elections on April 11.

In this two-part conversation, you’ll hear about this Tibetan democratic experience from Thomas Mann, former German member of the European Parliament and leader of the 2016 Tibetan Election Observation Mission that ICT was involved with; and Tsering Norzom Thonsur, former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. Both Thomas and Tsering will speak with ICT’s Interim Vice President Tencho Gyatso.

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