30 July 2008

East Timor Voter Registration Campaign Continues


UNDP News Quarterly Volume IIJune 2008

Voter Registration Campaign Continues

As the Constitution of Timor-Leste states, the voter registration process is mandatory prior to each election. The process aims to update and maintain the voter list and provide the opportunity for new voters to register. The registration period has been ongoing since February 2008 and the process is organized and implemented by The Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), with the support of UNDP Electoral Project, in the 65 sub districts countrywide. The main objective of the process is to update the voter data for all the eligible persons, replace voter cards used in previous elections and allow new voters to apply for a voter card.

According to the STAE electoral calendar, the voter registration campaign will continue through the end of July 2008. In additional STAE is analyzing the possibility of extending this period in order to give more time for the population to register.

The overall difference between updated male and female voters is 6.2 % (approximately 865 voters). Ermera district has the biggest difference of 37% (approximately 11418 voters) and Lautém reports the smallest of 0.2% (approximately 31 voters).

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