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INDDICA will present a report of children on the presidential campaign

INDDICA will present a report of children on the presidential campaign

The President of INDDICA, Dinorah Granadeiro. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 07 march 2022 (TATOLI)- The Institute for the Defense of Children’s Rights (INDDICA) will present the report to the Government of Timor–Leste and relevant institution about the involvement of children on the electoral campaign of the Presidential election which will be held on march 19.

The President of INDDICA, Dinorah Granadeiro, stated that the objective of the report is to reduce the participation of children.

According to the President of INDDICA, in the first week, the Institute identified the participation of children in the campaign in the municipalities of Baucau, Covalima, Ermera, Manatuto and Viqueque.

“We have already met with the National Election Commission, the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) and with the political parties, but children continue to participate in the campaign,” the President of INDDICA Granadeiro told TATOLI in her office Caicoli Dili.

The President of INDDICA, also explained that, political parties mobilized children to perform cultural dances, wear uniforms alluding to the party and paint their bodies with the colors of political forces.

She added that, “The parents authorize the children’s participation and they are the ones who take them to the campaign’.’

The official, also mentioned that, the children can participate in that campaign because the campaign was close to the population’s residences.”The INDDICA team alerted the parents of the children not to participate in the campaign”.

Dinorah Granadeiro, assured the INDDICA will continue to distribute pamphlets about banning the involvement of children in the campaign. INDDICA also will continue to supervise the participation of children in the electoral campaign and ask everyone to respect children’s rights.

Related news:ICRP identifies children’s participation in election campaigns in five municipalities

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor     : Rafy Belo

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