As a small half-Island post-conflict country, Timor-Leste is facing a number of development challenges despite noticeable progress since independence in 2002. These challenges have been further exacerbated by the outbreak of the novel Corona virus which resulted in a national State of Emergency in 2020, now extended into 2021, resulting in substantial negative socio-economic consequences for the Timorese people. On top of this, Timor-Leste is expecting a series of elections at the national and municipal level in the next four years. This not only presents a risk for the spread of the virus as people gather for the election, but equally, would hinder and undermine the continued practice of representative democracy if not conducted.
1) Support municipal EMB offices to become COVID-resilient, accessible, and environmentally friendly;
2) Address the underlying issues of long-term resilience to pandemics such as COVID by developing COVID-Resilient Election Plan and Manuals;
3) Provide effective and innovative electoral and COVID-19 awareness communication, and
4) Strengthen the participation and representation of youth, women, and persons with disabilities in politics; in pursuit of informed, inclusive, and COVID-resilient elections.
Timor-Leste will be equipped to carry out COVID-resilient, democratic, and inclusive elections at both the national and sub-national level.