By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, June 19: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday urged the new parliamentarians to resolve the issue in accordance with the Charter, directing the MPs to take oath from the Interim Speaker. Chief Election Commissioner Wangdu Pesur told the press that the ongoing stalemate necessitated clarifications as it concerned the implementation of Article 45 of the Tibetan Charter, “The current stalemate mainly arose due to the two different ways of swearing-in proposed by the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat, a practice that remains inconsistent with the Tibetan Charter.”
The Commissioner issued a five-point clarification where he addressed the stalemate that resulted in the failure to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the house. The election body said that it is more than ready to conduct elections for Speaker and Deputy Speaker as and when the 22 elected members take oath of office from Pro-tem speaker Dawa Tsering.
Citing Article 53 of the Tibetan Electoral Rules and Regulations, EC referenced the electoral process which had effectively ended when the final election results were announced. Similarly, the EC said it had officially fulfilled the responsibility of overseeing the election arrangements of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker in accordance with Article 55 to 60 on June 8.
“This is an unprecedented situation that has surfaced for the first time in the history of the oath-taking ceremony. There are no definite measures stipulated in the electoral guidelines and the Charter for such a stalemate. Nevertheless, I still appeal to the 22 MPs to consider the path mandated by the law and hope the matter closes soon,” Chief Commissioner further remarked during the press conference.
On June 8, 21 MPs took oath of office from the Pro-Speaker Dawa Tsering, the longest-serving candidate in the parliament, who was sworn in by the Chief Justice Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo. The other 22 MPs in attendance took the oath in front of the Charter and a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to show their non-recognition of the Pro-tem Speaker and the reinstated justices of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission (TSJC).