SOMET Issues Final Report on Timor-Leste's
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August 24 - The Solidarity Observer Mission in East Timor (SOMET)
today released its final report on
Timor-Leste’s Parliamentary Election of June 30, 2007. SOMET
found the election was largely free and fair and that the results
represent the will of the people of Timor-Leste. The report is
available in Tetum and English.
SOMET observers were present at polling centers in all 13
Districts of the country and monitored the tabulation of the votes
at all District Tabulation Centers and nationally. Most polling
staff observed performed ably, impartially and conscientiously on
election day and during the long process of counting. However, there
were some irregularities and problems. In its report, SOMET offers
recommendations to improve future elections in Timor-Leste.
SOMET again congratulates the Timorese people for their
enthusiastic participation in, and their success in carrying out,
this important step in democratization and sovereignty.
Hard copies of the report, in both languages, are available in
Dili at NGO Forum (FONGTIL) in Caicoli, +670-727-9574. Copies of the
report, along with statements and earlier reports on Timor's
elections can be found online here.
SOMET's teams consisted of trained international observers and
national observers drawn from seven co-operating groups within
Timor-Leste. It was a grassroots project of the U.S.-based East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), Free East Timor
Foundation (VOT ) in the Netherlands, Initiatives for International
Dialogue (IID) and Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC) in the
Philippines and the World Forum for Democratization in Asia (WFDA).
SOMET was formed at the invitation of civil society organizations
in Timor-Leste to support a transparent, free and fair election
process. SOMET has partnered with nonpartisan East Timorese
observers including HAK Association, Timor-Leste NGO Forum, La’o
Hamutuk, FOKUPERS, KSI, Bibi Bulak and Concern Worldwide. -30-
Results from Timor-Leste's Electoral Commission