Dharamsala: Lobsang Sangey, a senior fellow of Harvard Law School emerged as the frontrunner during the primary poll to nominate candidates for the Kalon Tripa or prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Sangey got the maximum number of votes in the Oct 3 primary elections for the Kalon Tripa. He polled 22,489 votes.
The results were compiled after data was received from polling booths in 56 locations in India, Nepal, Bhutan, European countries, the US and Australia. This time the poll percentage was 61%.
Diplomat Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, who is also settled in the US, got the second highest of 12,319 votes. The lone woman candidate, Dolma Gyari, was third but with just 2,733 votes.
Dolma is deputy speaker in the parliament-in-exile.
More than 1,000 votes were wasted on account of 18 ballot boxes seized by the Nepal police at polling booths in Kathmandu. Similarly, the Bhutanese government had ordered Tibetan authorities there not to send the ballot papers to the election commission in Dharamshala.
After the primary elections, the general elections will be held March 20 next year along with elections for the 46 members of the parliament-in-exile based in this Himachal Pradesh hill town.