|Subject: LUSA: Cabinet Approves Election
Bill, 10 Parties Seek Registration
31 May 01 11:51 East Timor: Cabinet Approves Election Bill, 10 Parties Seek Registration
East Timor's transition cabinet approved a bill on "election irregularities" Thursday in preparation for the territory's August 30 constituent assembly balloting.
The bill, which will be sent for discussion in the National Council, or interim legislature, aims "to promote a free, just and credible election with a secret ballot", the cabinet said in a communique.
Separately, the Independent Electoral Commission announced that 10 political parties have so far sought to register for the elections, three weeks into the registration process.
The latest party to present registration documentation is the Nationalist Timorese Party, led by Abilio Araujo, which defended continued integration within Indonesia during the 1999 independence plebiscite.
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