Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 22 March 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Electoral Commission must improve system

President of KOTA party Manuel Tilman has called on the Election Commission (STAE) to make improvements to its electoral program. Following complaints that some people have not been able to vote because their name is not on the electoral roll even though they hold a voting card, Tilman said that this was the fault of STAE in contracting non-governmental organizations to assist with the voter registration, making it unclear as to who is responsible for the registration process.

Meanwhile, interim vote counting results from the village chief elections in Lautem district put Fretilin candidates in front of candidates from the Democrat Party as well as individual candidates. (Timor Post, STL)

Investors trust only in Fretilin

The Vice-Minister for Development and the Environment, Abel Ximenes, says that international investors from Macau, China and Hong Kong are prepared to invest in Timor-Leste because the nation has a credible government. According to the Vice-Minister, investors have mentioned that the same level of stability would not exist if the government was not headed by the Fretilin party. Ximenes claims he gleaned this information from discussions with several business people on a recent trip to Indonesia, Macau and China to promote Timor-Leste's investment potential. (Timor Post)

Timor-Leste participates in Child Conference

A delegation of 15 representatives from Timor-Leste will participate in the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Consultation on Children in Cambodia this week. The Timor-Leste delegation will include representatives from the ministries of Planning and Finance, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Education, and Labour and Solidarity, with the Alola Foundation representing the NGO community. (Timor Post)

Government pressed to investigate Liquica health crisis

Head of the Timor Social Democrat Association in the National Parliament, Feliciano Alves Fatima, has urged the government, in particular the Ministry of Health, to immediately conduct investigations into the deaths of approximately 300 people from Liquica, who allegedly died because of inadequate health services. Fatima said that the Department of Health must dispatch an investigations team in order to obtain accurate information about the case. He said that if the investigation found the allegations to be true, then the government is obliged to explain to the community why this occurred and then take measures to ensure that the same thing does not happen again. (STL)

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