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President Lú Olo launches survey results on electoral survey

President Lú Olo launches survey results on electoral survey

DILI, 12 august 2021 (TATOLI) – The President of the Republic, today, launched the results of a survey on the electoral processes in Timor-Leste, by the National Elections Commission (CNE).

The result of the survey was launched through a national seminar with the theme “Evolution of Democracy in Timor-Leste.”

The President appreciated the initiative of the survey, as it gave the participants the opportunity to share their views on democracy in Timor-Leste.

“I appreciate the CNE’s electoral survey initiative, which has already shown its results in the book, with the title ‘Sasukat ba Estadu Direitu Demokratiku,” said LuOlo, in his speech, during the launching ceremony of the electoral survey results, at the CNE’s hall, in Dili.

The president of the CNE, Alcino Barris, informed that the electoral survey took place: “At the right time to assess the work of the electoral administration bodies, to improve the electoral system. The potential benefits of this survey will help to strengthen and consolidate the participative democratic culture in the country.”

Barris said the survey also reflects the need to urgently carry out a reform of the electoral regulations used during the 2017 and 2018 elections.

“We have also successfully achieved some of our recommendations. We were able to get considerations from the legislative body. For example, the creation of law no.16/2021 of July 28, the third amendment to law no.5/2006 of the electoral administration bodies, and law no.15.2021, the sixth amendment to law no.7/2006 is the approval of the law on Presidential Elections, which now gives CNE competence to proceed with the national tabulation of null votes, which always has a high percentage in each election,” he said.

Barris also recalled that the survey was carried out in 2019, for seven months, started in April, and was concluded in November. The survey took place nationwide, with a total of 9,487 respondents randomly selected from a possible target of 778,041 eligible voters residing in the country.

A number of national and religious leaders attended the launching ceremony, including the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres LuOlo, Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, the President of the National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres, the Archbishop of Baucau, Dom Basilio do Nascimento and the representative of the national and international entities.

 

Journalist: Domingos Piedade Freitas

Editor: Maria Auxiliadora

Translation: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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