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    » 04/12/2007, 00.00


    Presidential elections: some candidates complain of irregularities as the country prepares for a two

    Five candidates call for a halt to vote counting until the process can be secured with other observers present. According to partial results Horta and Guterres should square off next May 8.

    Dili (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Five candidates in East Timor's presidential poll filed a formal complaint yesterday, saying it was not fairly conducted and that counting should be stopped immediately.

    In a letter to the National Election Commission (CNE), the United Nations and outgoing President Xanana Gusmao, they cited a climate of intimidation and terror as a reason for their action, demanding that counting be stopped to be resumed only when secured and legal in the presence of candidates and other observers.

    “We can disclose evidence that the process is not fair," said Democrat Party candidate Fernando ‘Lasama’ de Araujo, who came in third place.

    “We demand that the National Election Commission recount the votes. We have found clear manipulation during the count,” said Lucia Lobato, the only female candidate. “If the CNE doesn't listen to our demand we will not accept the result of the elections.”

    With more than 70 per cent of ballots counted, Mr Ramos Horta was trailing Mr Guterres of the Fretilin party by 20,000 votes, with each having less than 30 per cent of the vote, far short of the 50 per cent plus one needed to win outright.

    Under the circumstances, it is probable that Horta and Guterres will contest the run-off vote on May 8.

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    06/04/2007 EAST TIMOR
    Election campaign ends as East Timorese get set to go to the poll to pick next president
    Calm returns to the country after factional clashes. Presidential elections will take place next Monday. Nobel Prize winner Ramos Horta and Fretilin leader Francisco Guterres are favoured. Catholic Church tells faithful to choose “with conscience” and unexpectedly picks a former student activist, Fernando 'Lasama' de Araujo, as its choice.

    10/04/2007 EAST TIMOR
    Peace Prize laureate Ramos-Horta appears to be leading in vote
    Yesterday’s elections went off without a hitch. Preliminary results indicate that no candidate will win on the first ballot. The ruling Fretilin party seems to have lost; its candidate Guterres is only third.

    19/03/2012 EAST TIMOR
    Ramos-Horta loses E Timor presidential election, Guterres and Ruak in runoff
    With 73 per cent of ballots counted, the incumbent head of state admits defeat and congratulates the challengers who are now on a runoff scheduled for 21 April. The official transfer of power is set for 19 May. No one won more than 50 per cent in the first ballot. East Timorese are happy to see that the finalists are two veterans of the independence struggle.

    29/05/2006 EAST TIMOR
    Increasing calls for the prime minister's resignation
    In Dili hundreds of people are demonstrating against Prime Minister Alkatiri. The Catholic Church calls for a new government. Political leaders are in emergency meetings, whilst armed gangs are still ransacking the capital.

    01/08/2005 EAST TIMOR - INDONESIA
    East Timor bishops back UN proposal for an international tribunal
    "The decision of the governments of East Timor and Indonesia about the Commission for Truth and Friendship is political. An international tribunal is needed," say Mgr do Nascimento and Mgr da Silva.

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