Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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The Director of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) Acilino Manuel Branco said voters will have to vote as per the place of residency shown in their electoral cards.

Director of the STAE Acilino Manuel Branco said voters will have to vote as per the place of residency shown in their electoral cards.

 

He added the law does not yet allow voters to be able to vote wherever they want with the exception of the National Electoral Commission (CNE), members of the National Police of Timor-Leste, and from the Falintil-Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL). The exception extends to prison guards and health personnel on duty during voting day.

He added STAE has given ample time for citizens to update or change their electoral card details to be able to take part in the elections in 2017.

"We cannot implement something that is not defined in legal terms," he said.

In response to concerns from the media and students, he added that media and students should use their right to vote like all others and go vote in the suku they initially registered at.

He added that in 2017 the number of voting centers has increased to make up for the shortfall of previous years when some voters did not vote because voting centers were too far.

STAE has already announced it would facilitate voting for Timorese living with disabilities to access voting centers and chose the President who best represents them.

Meanwhile Jorginho da Costa, a student in Dili but who is registered in a municipality expressed dismay at not being to vote during the Presidential Election 2017.

"We [students] do not have money to pay for transportation back to our municipality to vote in the election. We are also close to our mid semester exams. This is a big problem for us,” he said.

 

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