Monthly Archives: July 2012

Timor-Leste Elections: grave concerns with ballot papers, ballot boxes and ballot box seals emerge

*MEDIA ALERT No.1: **14:00 hours Dili 6.7.2012*

A number of grave and concerning occurrences have begun to be registered beginning last night by FRETILIN party representatives at STAE district offices and voting centres. This is based on information received from FRETILIN party representatives on the ground:

1. In Liquica district yesterday 421 ballot papers received from the STAE national office and destined for distribution to voting centres were identified to have already been perforated and/or spoiled and therefor seized and cancelled; the same occurred with 2 ballot papers in Suai and 104 in Lautem.

2. In Ermera district STAE office today FRETILIN party representatives were refused the serial number of the seals affixed to the ballot boxes by the STAE staff. Despite repeated requests they were informed that the numbers of the seals would be provided at the voting stations later when the boxes would be open.

3. In Baucau district today two sealed balot boxes destined for the Buibau voting station from the STAE District office in Baucau, arrived at the Buibau voting centre with seals with different serial numbers from the serial numbers provided to party reresentatives at the district office prior to transportation from there to the voting centre in Buibau.

4. It was also detected today that numerous voter registration cards had been delayed in their issue by STAE, but remained in Dili when they should have been delivered to the voter in question. STAE are now acting on delivering these to the districts and sub districts.

For further information please contact me on*+670 728 7080*

Dr. Mari Alkatiri: =?UTF-8?B?4oCcV29tZW4=?= and men have equal =?UTF-8?B?cmlnaHRz4oCdKg==?=

*FRETILIN Campaign: Dr. Mari Alkatiri: “Women and men have equal
rights”*

*TVTL, 30 June 2012*

This was one issue that FRETILIN Secretary General Dr. Mari Alkatiri
during a public dialogue campaign event in Atabae, Bobonaro district.

Problems with veterans, road conditions, potable water, electricity,
health, education and mini produce markets were concerns raised by the
community in the sub district of Atabae to the FRETILIN Secretary
General Mari Alkatiri during a campaign public dialogue event held on
Friday 29 June last.

Dr. Alkatiri said in the process of answering questions raised by the
people of Atabae and seeking their support in the July 7 upcoming
election, that FRETILIN would attend to these concerns people have
about their living conditions, because from the beginning FRETILIN has
been driven by one principle, To Struggle to Free the Nation and free
the people from poverty.

“In order to develop agriculture, we have to develop markets. Coming up
here I saw empty market stall buildings, and I said, no one is going to
buy from the people coming to sell their produce up here. There are
people to sell from here, people who have produce plots. If it is
people from Dili who will come to buy, then it is better for them to
come and buy from Loes down there. These are the things we have to
develop strategically, to create strategic market centers. Not to
build market stall buildings randomly which then just become shelter
for goats and pigs as they are full of right now,” Dr. Alkatiri said.

In relation to the women of the resistance, the founder of both FALINTIL
and FRETILIN Dr. Mari Alkatiri affirmed that FRETILIN will place gender
equality as a priority in order to progress the living conditions of
resistance women and widows in all aspects.

*“Men have equal rights with women, and women have equal rights with
men. There can be no discrimination. But FRETILIN also has a
responsibility because of OPMT (Timorese Peoples’ Women’s
Organization), which is a FRETILIN organization. It is not an
independent organization. I ask, why is it that only women do not have
some rights? Women also have the same rights as men. OPMT from 1975 do
not receive pensions. That is unjust. That is wrong. They are
entitled to a pension too. If they participated in the struggle, they
have a right to a pension,” Declared Mari Alkatiri.*

The next scheduled rally will be held in Liquica district.