Resource centres open to all presidential candidates

Mar 1, 2012

imageUNDP elections programme officer, Joao Pereira (left), with UN elections chief technical advisor, Andres del Castillo outside one of the resource centres. Photo UNEST.

Dili – Five resource centres for presidential candidates have been opened with support from UNDP and UNMIT.

The resources centres will allow presidential candidates to plan their campaigns, hold meetings and get information on electoral processes.

The centres have meeting rooms, computers and photocopy machines and candidates can use them through the 2012 election period.

“I hope the services offered at the resource centres will create an environment of equality among candidates and encourage open and tolerant election campaigning,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General at UNMIT and UNDP’s Resident Representative.

“In addition to these facilities, the UN is also providing training to help candidates develop positive campaigns and plan fair and peaceful election activities,” he said.

The resource centres are located in Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro, Dili and Oecusse.

The resource centres were made possible through the support of the governments of Japan, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.