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TL’s team depart today to realize presidential election for Timorese citizens overseas

TL’s team depart today to realize presidential election for Timorese citizens overseas

National Director of the Technical Secretariat of Electoral Administration (STAE), Acilino Manuel Branco

DILI, 14 march 2022 (TATOLI) – A team of 18 members from the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEK) departed overseas to realize the presidential election for Timorese citizens living in Australia, South Korea, the UK, Portugal, and Northern Ireland.

“Today, six members of the team departed for Australia at 7 am on Australian passenger carrier Air North to conduct the presidential election at three different polling centers, including one in Darwin, one in Sydney, and another one in Melbourne. Meanwhile, 12 members departed for South Korea, Portugal, Northern Ireland, and the UK on Indonesian Air Cargo Sriwijaya at around 11 am to realize the presidential election across these nations,” Director-General of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), Acilino Manuel Branco told TATOLI at his office in Dili, today.

Among the 13 members, a group of four would depart for South Korea, another group of four would depart for Portugal and the rest would go to the UK.

The team would begin with the distribution of the ballot papers for the realization of the presidential election on march 19.

Branco said he hasn’t received any official information regarding the departure of the CNE’s team to supervise the presidential election overseas: “They may depart for Australia on march 16.”

As of february 18, STAE registered 7.113 Timorese voters residing overseas, including, 1.487 in Australia, 1.277 in South Korea, 2.229 in the United Kingdom, 1.264 in Northern Ireland, and 856 in Portugal.

STAE has officially announced the 1.200 voting centers, of which 1.911 were installed in the national territory and nine overseas.

“Three voting centers have been set up in Australia, including one in Darwin, one in Sydney, and another one in Melbourne, while in South Korea, voters will be able to cast their vote in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Portugal will have two voting centers, one in Lisbon and another one in Porto. In the United Kingdom, two voting centers would be established as well, such as one in London, another one in Oxford. Meanwhile, one voting center would be established in Belfast of Northern Ireland,” he said.

Journalist: Osória Marques

Editor: Cancio Ximenes/Rafy Belo

Translator: Filomeno Martins 

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