Submit your questions for the elections 2021

“This is a serious and timely initiative. When it comes to our exile democracy, we are continually growing and learning. smartvote is a brilliant tool and we hope Tibetans to make use of this technology”

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How does smartvote tibet work?

  1. Public submit questions for Sikyong and parliament candidates.
  2. Candidates answer selected 30 questions on a wide range of current issues.
  3. User answers the same set of questions.
  4. User receives a list of candidates that best match his/her preferences.


The questionnaire aims at measuring political preferences and thus is a central element of smartvote Tibet. Read more about our methodology.

About the project

smartvote Tibet is an initiative of “Project Democracy”, an association by a group of Tibetans who have a background in political science, history, psychology, technology and human rights law. The platform is an adapted version of smartvote, which was first developed in 2003 by Politools in Switzerland. The tool has been successfully implemented for regional and national elections in Switzerland, Australia, Luxembourg, Austria, Scotland as well as in the European Union.

The team of smartvote Tibet

Palmo Brunner is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Zurich. Her research and teaching interests include diaspora politics, social movements, political participation and democracy studies. Additionally she works on various research projects (mainly public health related issues, currently The Covid19 pandemic and democracy).

Yeshi Deuss-Ngingthatshang graduated from the University of Zurich with an MA in Social and Business Psychology. She worked as a HR specialist in Telecom and eCommerce before she started her PhD studies in management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where she’s currently researching distrust between organizations.

Dechen Pemba is a UK born Tibetan and graduated from University College London with a degree in English and German Literature. After several years working as a lobbyist and campaigner on Tibet in Berlin, she lived in Beijing for two years from 2006-2008. Since completing a Masters in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Dechen has been based in London and is the editor of High Peaks Pure Earth, a website that offers translations, news, and commentary from Tibetan cyberspace and social media. Dechen also serves as a researcher and consultant on Tibet-related issues.

Namtso Reichlin is a diagnostic radiographer based in Switzerland. Being born and brought up in Switzerland, she always felt the urge to learn more about her Tibetan roots. In Switzerland she applied her managerial talents as a member of the board of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE). She feels privileged to have led several Tibetan children’s camp and being part of the Olympic campaign as well as other political activities.

Tenzin D. Sewo is a political scientist and formerly worked as a Special Assistant to the Envoy of H. H. the Dalai Lama. He is currently working as the secretary of the Gaden Phodrang Foundation of the Dalai Lama based in Switzerland.

Dondup Shelkar studied Interaction Design at the University of the Arts in Zurich. He co-founded a design agency and is now working as a Design Lead at Protonmail.

Wangpo Tethong has his academic background in history, and has been working as a communications expert consulting various NGOs and other organizations. Furthermore, he’s currently serving as MP of the Central Tibetan Administration but has publicly announced that he will not re-run for the position.