DILI, 27 march 2023 (TATOLI) – The Director-General of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), Acilino Manuel Branco said that more than 900 Timorese citizens living abroad had registered to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“Voter registration is ongoing in Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. Despite living abroad, these Timorese citizens are excited to participate in the upcoming general elections. Every day our team registered at least 50 voters,” Branco told reporters in Dili, on monday.
Voter registration in Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland is expected to be completed by the end of March.
Meanwhile, the data of Timorese voters living in Australia and South Korea has not yet been updated, as the registration process is underway.
Bracno said some voters have lost their essential documents, such as their electoral cards, making it difficult for them to exercise their democratic rights in the next elections.
“We have considered their recommendation to ensure that in future they can participate in any election,” Bracno said.
As of december 2022, STAE has registered a total of 878,712 voters, including 6,944 Timorese voters living abroad.
The next parliamentary elections will be held on 21 May, 2023, in which 17 political parties will be contesting for 65 Seats.
The last parliamentary elections were held in may 2018, which the EU observer mission called “transparent, well-managed and credible” elections, and were generally peaceful and orderly, despite some violent incidents during the campaign period.
Journalist: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges