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STAE to hire 2,675 poll workers to support upcoming Village Chief Election

STAE to hire 2,675 poll workers to support upcoming Village Chief Election

STAE's General Director, Acilino Manuel Branco, Photo TATOLI/Egas Cristóvão

DILI, 07 october 2023 (TATOLI) – Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) will soon recruit 2,675 temporary poll workers to support the upcoming Village Chief Election, which will be held on october 28.

The Director General of STAE, Acilino Manuel Branco, said that the 28 October-Village Chief Election will be organized by the community leaders, saying STAE will only be responsible for distributing the ballot boxes, providing technical assistance, and supervising the electoral process.

“These poll workers will be deployed to all 452 villages in the country,” Branco told Tatoli.

He said that, unlike presidential and parliamentary elections, no electoral ink is required for the upcoming Village Chief Election: “Citizens will use electoral cards to vote in the elections.”

Branco called on those wishing to compete in election to prepare and submit all the necessary documents.

According to him, to be eligible for the election, candidates must be Timorese citizens, at least 17 years old.

“Candidates must submit their application form, with a photograph for the ballot papers,” Branco informed.

According to the latest data from STAE, 893,383 voters were registered, of whom 464,400 were men and 429,438 women.

Timor-Leste’s Village Chief Election is held every seven years. The last election was held on september 2016.

Since the announcement of the Village Chief Election earlier this year, the younger generation, especially those born in the 1980s and 1990s, have expressed interest in competing in the next Village Chief Election, which means that sooner or later the younger generation will take on the role of leader of their own villages and their country.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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