08 May 2012

160.000 voters do not vote

Radio e Televizaun de Timor-Leste, April 18, 2012 language source: Tetun - 160.000 voters did not attend the second round of the presidential election because of some difficulties, such as lack of transport and the electoral law has impeded them from voting and some people did not go to vote because their candidates were defeated in the first round of presidential election. The report of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), showing that in the first round of the presidential election, there were 105.000 voters who did not attend the voting and the number of people who did not vote is increasing in the second round. “Percentage of the ballot boxes which is not included three districts is 72,20% and this percentage is comparing to the first round of election that there was 78,28% and this showed differences of the voters’ number.” “There was 105.000 voters did not attend the voting and the number is now increasing to approximately 160.000 voters who did not vote.” “The biggest number of the people who did not vote is in Dili,” Director of STAE Tomas Cabral said. President of the National Election Commission (CNE), Faustino Cardoso said that there were many voters who did not attend the vote due to the widespread rumours that instability of the security situation in the country and also lacking of transport to drop the voters to their home districts or villages.

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