CNE holds one-day workshop on ‘civic education for youth’ at UNDIL

CNE holds one-day workshop on ‘civic education for youth’ at UNDIL

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DILI, 12 october 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste’s National Elections Commission (CNE) held a one-day workshop on ‘civic education for youth’ at the Universidade de Dili (UNDIL).

The workshop aims to raise the awareness of the youth, particularly the university students to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

“Many of the UNDIL’s students just turned 18. Therefore, such a workshop is important for the youth voters to know that the right to vote is the essence of a democratic society.  So, before casting their votes, it is important for them to learn the importance of voting, electoral system, and the benefits of election for young generations,” José Agostinho Belo, the President of CNE told reporters at UNDIL campus, on tuesday.

Belo said exercising the right to vote is essential to being a good citizen in a democratic nation like Timor-Leste.

“Three parallel vote centers would be set up in Dili to facilitate those who might not go to vote in their municipalities. So, students from RAEOA and other municipalities can cast their votes in Dili,” he said.

The Secretary-General of CNE, Odete Maria Belo called on youth voters at UNDIL, who wanted to vote in Dili to register and update their electoral identity cards at STAE, adding voters are required to present a birth certificate, identity card, or passport.

“For those who prefer to vote in Dili, they needed register at STATE at least 50 days before the presidential election take place. It is important to prevent voting twice in the same election,” she said.

Belo informed that the same workshop would be held at UNITL University, in Dili.

At the same place, the Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs, Hugo Lourenco da Costa said more than 200 students of the UNDIL attended the workshop.

“Enhancing youth political participation is important for young people to cast their votes to the candidates that could bring changes to ensure national development in the country,” Costa said.

Journalist; Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Fernandes 


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