Dharamshala: The preliminary round of general elections of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the 3rd Kalon Tripa (Chairman of the Kashag or Cabinet) by popular vote is being held in Tibetan communities across the world on Sunday, 3 October.

79,449 voters are eligible to cast ballots in this general elections as compared to 72,771 in 2006 elections.

Tibetans cast their ballots at a polling booth in Gangchen Kyishong in Dharamsala, India, on Sunday, 3 October 2010

Tibetans living in India, Nepal and Bhutan, North America, Europe and other countries across the world are casting their votes in the primary elections.

The settlements in India and Nepal and countries where voting took place are Dharamsala, Bylakuppe, Mundgod, Hunsur, Kollegal, Bhandara, Mainpat, Orissa, Tezu, Meoa, Bumla, Ladakh, Rawangla, Herberpur, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Mandi, Simla, Delhi, Shillong, Bangalore, Tashijong, Bir, Sataun, Kumrao, Puruwala, Bonshi, Kullu, Paonta, Dalhouise, Chauntara, Kalimpong, Varanasi, Sarnath, Kathmandu, Gangtok, Pokhara, Sha-wa-rasum in Nepal, Nainital, Dimapur, Lotserog, Bhutan, England, America and Canada, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and Russia.

Large voter turnout was witnessed in the north Indian town of Dharamsala as residents came out in droves to cast their votes at their respective polling booths set in 10 different locations.

Enthusiastic voters braved scorching sun and long lines that stretched down the road to cast their votes at a polling station in Gangchen Kyishong, the seat of the Central Tibetan Administration in India.

The final round of voting is scheduled to take place on 20 March 2011.

More pictures of voting day in Dharamsala:

Voters casting their votes at a polling booth at Tsuglagkhang, the main temple, in Dharamsala
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