Q&A

1. Who can stand for the 2010 North American Chitue elections?
The qualifications of a member of the Tibetan Assembly are:
a) Must be a current resident of North America
b) Must be a citizen of Tibet (i.e. a Green Book holder)
c) Must be at least 25 years of age.
d) Not declared mentally unsound by a Court or a licensed medical practitioner.
e) Not declared bankrupt.
f) Not convicted of any criminal offense by a court of law.
g) Not a member of the Tibetan civil service or a beneficiary.
h) Not enjoying service, status or economic benefit from other countries detrimental to the interest of Tibetan people.
i) Not declared disqualified in accordance with the election rules and regulation prescribed by the Tibetan Assembly.

2. How many representatives can be elected?
Two.

3. Can the two representatives be from the same country, state or city?
Yes.

4. Who can vote in the 2010 North American Chitue Elections?
Only those North American Tibetans who have registered can vote in the upcoming elections. The registration deadline is over. It was from Friday, June 18, 2010 to Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Related link.

5. Can I vote if I haven’t registered?
No.

6. Who conducts the elections?
The Tibetan Election Commission

7. What are the election dates?
The primary is on Sunday, October 3, 2010
The general election is on Sunday, March 20, 2011

8. Where do I go and vote?
Every Tibetan Association has an Election Committee tasked with overseeing the elections in their areas and for taking custody of the ballot boxes, counting the votes and forwarding the official tally to the Election Commission.  Please contact your local Tibetan Associations for location of polling booth, hours and what documents you need to bring on election day.

9. What documents do I need to bring to the polling booth?
a) Green book with your voter registration receipt
b) A valid official ID (drivers license, passport, etc.)
c) Please contact your local Tibetan Associations for more information and any additional documents required.

10. Where can I get the contact information for my Tibetan Association?
Here’s a list of NATAs maintained by the Office of Tibet, New York.

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