Missing Ballot boxes

Although observers quote the election in East Timor as being ‘conducted in an orderly manner ‘ problems have emerged. 95 ballot boxes containing hundreds of uncounted votes have been discovered, mainly in Dili.

Concerns have also been raised that no voting provision were provided in remote rural areas, and that many voting stations ran out of ballot papers.

In the run up to the Presidential election violence increased in Dili, and Fretilin rallies were attacked. There are fears that intimidation may have dissuaded some from voting.

Lidia Tindle
Tyneside Solidarity.


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