Electoral body receives materials for parliamentary vote

19 Jun 2012

imageBallot boxes from the districts delivered to the Dili offices of the National Electoral Commission (CNE). Photo Sandra Magno/UNDP TL.

Dili – The Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Timor-Leste, Finn Reske-Nielsen, handed over election materials to the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) ahead of the 2012 parliamentary election.

The materials include 5,000 bottles of indelible ink, 2,000 T-shirts for national observers, 2,000 vests for the international observers, 2,000 vests for polling staff, voter education posters and billboards.

“STAE together with the UN have one single objective – to deliver transparent and impartial elections,” said STAE Director, Tomas Cabral.

“I believe that the elections in Timor-Leste can be an example for other Asian countries,” he said.

The election materials were procured by the UN as part of the long-term institutional support and technical assistance provided to Timor-Leste’s electoral management bodies.

“The UN is committed to supporting the electoral process in Timor-Leste,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen. “I am fully confident that under the able leadership of STAE, and with the support of stakeholders, these parliamentary elections will be fair, peaceful and successful”.

Logistical and operational support is provided by the UN through a joint UNDP-UNMIT team, with funding from Japan, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.