The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a Cost-sharing Agreement

Feb 23, 2017

Dili, 23 Feb, 2017-- The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a Cost-sharing Agreement for an amount of 125,000 US Dollars for the procurement of the indelible ink through Electoral Project- LEARN for upcoming national elections. The signing ceremony was completed between H.E. Mr. Dionísio Babo Soares, Minister of State, Coordinator Timor-Leste of State Administration Affairs and Justice and Minister of State Administration on behalf of the government and Mr. Knut Ostby, Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of United Nations.

 “This sensitive material instils confidence in stakeholders about the effectiveness of the inking practice” said Mr. Soares, Minister of State. “Indelible ink actually represents a generally sufficient deterrence against multiple voting and also certainly plays a significant role in reducing electoral frauds on Election Day”.

The procurement of one of the sensitive electoral materials is of the highest quality and specifications are in line with international best practice. The quality of the ink is also meeting the criteria of international standards of 25% silver nitrate concentration. The semi-permanent ink is applied to the forefinger of voters during elections which will prevent election fraud such as multiple voting.

The Government of Timor-Leste has procured the Indelible Ink through UNDP for the elections. The procurement has been initiated with pre-selected suppliers having Long Term Agreements (LTA) with the United Nations, ensuring value for money and compliance with International Standards.