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"From these figures, we can see that the highest turnout in percentage terms was in Ermera, with 94.3 percent turnout, and the lowest was in Dili with 87.1 percent.  Nevertheless, Dili produced the highest absolute number of voters, with 70,136 ballots issued." Chief Electoral Officer, Independent Electoral Commission, UN
See also: BD: Peoples' Participation / Participação Dos Povos / Partisipasaun Politika

UN IEC: Statement of Chief Electoral Officer 31 Aug. 7 pm

UNTAET
United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor

INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

STATEMENT OF THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER

7:00pm, 31 August 2001

Estimated Turnout

The estimated turnout at national level was 91 percent, including Dili, as follows:

                 Ballots      Regist'd      %      IECP   Eligible   Total %
                 Issued       Voters      Turn    61s     Voters    turnout
                                                  -out

Aileu           14,984       15,846     94.6%   263     16,109     93%
Ainaro          21,043      21,476     98        1,148   22,624     93
Baucau        47,647      50,175     95        1,993   52,168     91.3
Bobonaro     32,535      34,083     95.5      917     35,000     93
Cova Lima    22,280      24,055     92.6      680     24,735     90.1
Dili              70,136      78,212     89.7      2,355   80,567     87.1
Ermera        40,361      41,830     96.5      984     42,814     94.3
Lautem        24,141      26,191     92.2      499     26,690     90.4
Liquica        21,874      23,154     94.5       460     23,614     92.6
Manatuto     17,011      18,478     92.1       205     18,683     91.1
Manufahi     17,582      18,778      93.6       725     19,503     90.2
Oecussi      23,506      25,256      93.1       822     26,078     90.1
Viqueque     29,868      31,485     94.9       948     32,433     92.1

Totals          382,968   409,019    93.6     11,999  421,018   91%

As we have explained many times, the total potential voter population for these elections was not limited to the names found on the voters roll.  Those voters who were eligible to vote and had proof of registration dated on or before 23 June were allowed to vote after being inscribed in a supplementary list.  (IECP 61)  The total number of voters who found themselves in that position was 11,999.

Furthermore, while the percentage of voters was 93.6 percent of the voters on the voters roll, the real turnout takes into account those on the supplementary list, and that figure is 91 percent.  From these figures, we can see that the highest turnout in percentage terms was in Ermera, with 94.3 percent turnout, and the lowest was in Dili with 87.1 percent.  Nevertheless, Dili produced the highest absolute number of voters, with 70,136 ballots issued.

COUNTING

After a long day yesterday, I gave instructions to our district coordinators that they should start their counting process sometime after 9am today.  The first one, Cova Lima, actually started at 8:45, with the last one, Manufahi, starting at 11:45.  Party agents and observers were present in all 13 counting centers, and some media visits were taking place as well.

As we speak, 304 IEC officers are working in the 13 district counting centers. As you know, the process of counting has different phases.  All of the districts are currently in the first phase, reconciliation.  This is the process of counting ballot papers, not votes, to see if the actual number of ballots in the ballot box matches the number of ballots issued minus the number of ballots spoiled.  At this point, no one has yet seen what is marked on each ballot

REPORTS

International and National observers and political party and independent candidate agents continue with their crucial task of monitoring all the procedural steps, which will allow the East Timorese people to be certain that the results are accurate and reflect their will.

We have begun to receive today the feedback from international observer groups.  The groups are issuing their own statements, but we concur with them that congratulations are due to the East Timorese people for their outstanding behavior in the Election Day, for their impressive turnout, for the peaceful and friendly environment in which voting took place.

Step by step, we are approaching to the day when the East Timorese will know the result of their common decision on who will be the 88 representatives in developing the basic law of an independent and democratic East Timor.


See also:
BD: Peoples' Participation / Participação Dos Povos / Partisipasaun Politika - A collection of recent media releases, reports and articles


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