Presidential election: UNDP and Japan’s Government hand over PPE to STAE

Presidential election: UNDP and Japan’s Government hand over PPE to STAE

UNDP and Japan’s Government hand over PPE to STAE

DILI, 14 april 2022 (TATOLI)-The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the financial support of the Japanese Government handed over the essential COVID-19 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to STAE to ensure COVID resilient election during the second-round presidential election that will be realized on 19th of april 2022.

The handed over of PPE, including the COVID-19 outbreak protection items such as 16,000 boxes of disposal Maska (800,000 pieces in total),60 gallons of disinfectant, 6,000 bottles of sanitizer,30 pump machines, 660 PPE and 1,600 thermo scanners.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread globally, and Timor-Leste is no exception. UNDP, with financial support of the Government of Japan, continues to contribute to ensuring the protection and health of citizens while guaranteeing the exercise of the right to vote in the second-round of the presidential election,” said UNDP Resident Representative, Munkhtuya Altangerel in her remark during the handed over ceremony that took place at the STAE’s office, Caicoli-Dili on this thursday.

Echoing the statement of the UNDP’ representative in Timor-Leste, Acilino Manuel Branco, General Director of STAE, admitted: “These essential items provided by UNDP and the Government of Japan, will increase the public confidence to participate in election”.

On the other hand, Kazumi Yamada, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Timor-Leste states: “It’s a great pleasure to be a part of efforts to achieve inclusive and safe election in cooperation with STAE and UNDP by providing the PPEs. We hope they will be used widely and effectively to protect the voters as well as the voting station staff to realize free, fair and inclusive elections’”.

The UNDP CORE -TL project is established with financial support from the Government of Japan with $4 million and financial contributions from Government of Japan and UNDP with $360 thousand. Through the strong partnership with the Government of Japan, the Government of Timor-Leste, CNE and STAE, the CORE- TL project strives for COVID -Resilient, informed, and inclusive elections in Timor-Leste.

Meanwhile, this handed over PPE ceremony has taken part by the representatives from the Embassy of Japan, UNDP, CNE (Electoral National Commission), STAE, among others.

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Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor. : Rafy Belo


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