Monday, March 19, 2012

UN hails presidential polls in Timor-Leste

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated the people of Timor-Leste on the first round of presidential polling, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Ban "congratulates the people of Timor-Leste for showing their commitment to democracy and peace by participating in the 17 March presidential election," Nesirky said.

The UN chief was "heartened that the election was conducted in an atmosphere of order and calm," his spokesman added.

Timor-Leste's President Jose Ramos-Horta has lost his bid for re-election, failing to make it to a run-off in the country's second presidential vote as a free nation, preliminary results showed.

"The secretary general commends the national authorities, particularly the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration and the National Electoral Commission, for organizing and supervising the polling, and the National Police of Timor-Leste for their role in maintaining a stable environment," he said.

"The successful holding of the 2012 elections would further enable the transition to a new partnership between Timor-Leste and the United Nations," Nesirky added.

In May, Timor-Leste will celebrate 10 years of independence from Indonesia, and in June, voters will choose a new government in a general election.

At the end of the year the nation of 1.1 million people bids goodbye to UN forces stationed in the country since 1999.

- AFP/cc

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Source From Channel News Asia

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