UN IEC: Statement of Chief Electoral Officer 31 Aug. 7 pm
United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer
STATEMENT OF THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER
7:00pm, 31 August 2001
The estimated turnout at national level was 91 percent, including Dili, as follows:
% IECP Eligible Total
Issued Voters Turn 61s Voters turnout
94.6% 263 16,109
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.
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
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.
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