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*

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