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CNE submits provisional results of national tabulation to Court of Appeal: Parliamentary Election

CNE submits provisional results of national tabulation to Court of Appeal: Parliamentary Election

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DILI, 01 june 2023 (TATOLI) – The National Elections Commission (CNE) today submitted the provisional results of the national tabulation of parliamentary elections to the Court of Appeal. 

The Court of Appeal will review the documentation dispatched by CNE to validate and proclaim the electoral minutes between 4 and 6 june.

After the validation, the Court of Appeal will officially announce the results of the parliamentary elections on june 7.

“CNE has completed its work and there was no appeal filed by the political parties. So today we have submitted the documentation of the provisional results of the parliamentary elections to the Court of Appeal,” Belo told reporters at the office of the Court of Appeal, in Dili, today.

Belo said that the 2023 parliamentary election was conducted successfully, in a very transparent and fair way: “All political parties accept the provisional result of the national tabulation.”

According to the CNE’s provisional tabulation of national results, with all electoral minutes verified, the CNRT of charismatic leader Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão won 41.6% of the vote – a 16-point lead over the ruling FRETILIN party of former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri who secured 25.8%. Meanwhile, the PLP of current Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak received only 5.9% of the vote and KHUNTO secured 7.5% of the vote.

The results showed a significant increase in CNRT seats from 21 to 31, allowing Gusmão’s CNRT to form a coalition. On the other hand, both FRETILIN and PLP lost four seats each, with FRETILIN down from its current 23 seats to 19, and PLP down from its current eight seats to four, with the exception of KHUNTO, which is the only party in the current government to retain its five seats.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party (PD), one of the opposition parties that has expressed interest in forming a coalition with Gusmão’s CNRT, won 9.3 percent of the vote, securing six seats, up from five seats in the 2017 parliamentary elections.

Despite having many supporters, the Green Party, and the Unity Party for Democratic Development (PUDD) received only 3.6 percent and 3.1 percent of the votes respectively, making both parties fail to pass the electoral threshold of 4% to secure any seats. Besides, the other small parties received only less than one percent of the votes.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges

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