Subject: LUSA: Fretilin Plans Civic Education Program

East Timor: Fretilin Plans Civic Education Program 16 Mai-18:27

East Timor's Fretilin party may use the campaign period before August 30 elections to implement a territory-wide grass-roots civic education program.

The historic independence party's deputy coordinator, Mari Alkatiri, told Lusa Wednesday that the civic education process in the territory was behind schedule, but there was "still time" to change the situation.

He also suggested that other party signatories of a national unity pact likewise focus on civic education "as a way for our people to know what they're voting for".

East Timorese political parties are expected to sign in the near future a national unity pact that will, along with a subsequent code of conduct, underpin the process leading up to the Aug. 30 ballot.

Voters will in August choose members of a constituent assembly, whose task will be to prepare the UN-run territory's future national constitution. Fretilin is one of three political parties that have already registered with authorities to take part in the elections.

JBC -Lusa

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