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300 international observers from different international and national delegations have been travelling across all municipalities including Oe-Cusse special region in Timor-Leste to observe the 2017 Legislative Election on 22 July.

300 international observers from different international and national delegations have been travelling across all municipalities including Oe-Cusse special region in Timor-Leste to observe the 2017 Legislative Election on 22 July

The General Secretary for the Technical Secretariat for Elections Administration (STAE), Acilino Manuel Branco said observers came from Thailand, Japan, Australia, USand represented European Union and ASEAN delegations including also national election observer delegations.
He said the number of elections observers for the legislative election has increased compared to the presidential election held in March 2017 and include more than 4.000 national observers representing different organizations.
He acknowledged the roles of election observers is very important to ensure the credibility of the election process and the legitimacy of the incoming VII Government.
"Their reports are very important so we can see if there were any mistake and so we can keep improving the process in future elections,” he added during a presentation at Timor-Plaza, Dili.
He said their reports will be very complete because they will have observed the whole process including voter turnout, security, logistics, and even how people exit the voting centers after voting.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of State Administration (MAE), Tomas Cabral called for the observers and the media to disseminate true information to the public to ensure the credibility of the electoral process in Timor-Leste.
"The government make any political intervention but the government has an obligation to help ensure the credibility of the whole process," he said.
He also called on International observers to report back any mistakes or violations observed and committed and formally lodge them in writing so these can be investigated and dealt with.
On the other hand, the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste, Knut Ostby said this is the first-year Timor-Leste has organized on its own the Presidential and Legislative Election since the United Nations left the country in 2012.
He said UN is still playing a backup role providing technical assistance to increase the capacity of electoral agents and with civic education.
"Our role also ensure the credibility, transparency and that this is an honest and free election," he said.

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