Support to the Timorese Electoral Cycle

Project background

Timor-Leste held national presidential and legislative elections in 2007 and will hold local elections in 2008. The 2007 elections were the first national post-independence elections organized by the Timorese and as such represent an important step in the consolidation of democracy in the country. The elections were administered by the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) and supervised by the National Electoral Commission (CNE). The three national electoral processes, Presidential (2 rounds) and Parliamentarian, were considered in general by the stakeholders to have been free, fair and in line with international standards and national laws. The national electoral bodies were assisted by technical assistance made available by this project and the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). 

Project activities

Based on the lessons learned throughout this demanding process and in view of the need to strengthen the human and institutional capacity of the national electoral management bodies, political parties and the media, this project has been revised for its second phase to provide longer-term support following the 2007 national elections and using an “Electoral Cycle Approach”. The second phase of the project will work with the electoral institutions (CNE and STAE) and the political parties to build capacities, and will work on issues of legal reform and civic education to ensure open and participative electoral processes. 

Project results

The project aims to establish a framework for international assistance for the Timorese electoral cycle, coordinate international donor support, target funds and services more effectively and avoid duplication of resources. Where the focus of the first phase of the project was on ‘hard’ or material assistance, the focus of the second phase is on ‘soft’ or human capacity and institution building assistance. 



Project start date:

September 2006

Estimated end date:

March 2013

Focus area:

  • democratic governance
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Timor-Leste

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Finland
  • Government Of Japan
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
  • Norway
  • Irish Aid
  • United Nations Integrated Mission In East Timor (unmit)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2016 -$3,358

    2015 $0

    2014 $460

    2013 $103,755

    2012 $3,203,524

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