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CNE-PADM hold a preliminary meeting for the 2022 Presidential Election

CNE-PADM hold a preliminary meeting  for the 2022 Presidential Election

DILI, 11 october 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste’s National Elections Commission (CNE) and President Authority of Dili Municipality (PADM) met today to discuss preparation for the 2022 Presidential Election.

The General Director of CNE, Jose Agostinho Belo informed the meeting aims to evaluate the drawbacks and good parts of the 2017 and 2018 presidential elections to make improvements for the upcoming Presidential Election.

“As it is necessary to correct and improve those drawbacks to better the election process in 2022,” Belo told reporters at the CNE’s hall, in Dili, on monday.

He said it was only 400 vote centers in 2017-2018, adding it would be increased to 1.200, to facilitate the voters as the number of the voters had been increased slightly in the past few years.

Belo stressed that the increase in numbers of polling stations was to facilitate the voters to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols, recommended by the WHO and the Ministry of Health (MoH): “It is to ensure that the voters would keep distance from each other at the polling centers.”

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no obstacles for the implementation of the 2022 Presidential Election. STAE and CNE had been prepared to maximize the preparation process for the upcoming election. So, the registration for the voters across the country had commenced already on July 1, 2021. As well as the team for the overseas voters’ registration had departed to UK, Portugal, and South Korea earlier this month to conduct voters’ registration for Timorese residing abroad,” he said.

He added the same meeting was held in all municipalities: “A team of CNE has departed to meet with the authorities of the 11 municipalities and RAEOA to conduct a post-election evaluation of the 2017 and 2018 elections.”

At the same place, the President Authority of Dili Municipality (PADM), Guilhermina Filomena Saldanha said that the meeting was such a good opportunity for her to discuss with CNE and STAE regarding those things that shouldn’t be repeated in the next election.

Previously, the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), Acilino Manuel Branco said that so far, around 7.000 new voters have been registered: “Currently, we have 847.315 voters and the number will increase.”

He said up to 1.200 vote centers and 1.500 polling stations had been identified across the country, adding three parallel vote centers would be set in Dili.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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