East Timor Election Discrepancies
April 17, 2007 2:53am CST
I have been listening and reading with interest the elections in East Timor ... and heard all about the voting irregularities. Now in today's news I see that the officials have acknowledged they had found even more discrepancies in last week's Presidential election but stressed that the pol's outcome will remain unchanged. What hope does this country have if they can knowingly leave what appears to be an inaccurate result without taking any action? It does sound a lot like corruption when 3 times as many people supposedly vote when compared to the number who are enrolled to vote. Where is the UN in all of this? They still have troops there and surely they have some responsibility to the people of East Timor. What do you think this means for the future of East Timor if they are having such problems within a matter of a few years after gaining independence?
9 May 07
Yes there were some problems unfortunately, but I suspect that the next time there are elections in East Timor there will be better things put in place. I think they will want to make sure that people can only vote once and that the ballot boxes are locked, and moved to a central point safely. It does take time for these new countries to sort themselves out, and particularly East Timor which has only recently gained Independence. I am not sure about the UN, and although they were involved when the vote was taken about whether or not they wanted to be independent from Indonesia, I am not sure that they have done much more. Australia still has a presence in East Timor, but in a role separate from the UN at at the request of the East Timorese Government I believe. They vote today in the second round to elect who will be the next President, and I heard on the news that troops are in the streets of Dili to make sure there is no trouble from the various factions. I am not too sure how long it will be before the final vote iz known or even whether this is the final vote that takes place in these elections. Good luck to the people of East Timor, and hopefully they will elect someone who is thinking of the future of the country, as a separate and independant country in its own right.