Ensuring Security and Inclusive Elections in Timor-Leste: A Blog by the United Nations Resident Coordinator |
“The United Nations in Timor-Leste has supported democracy in the country for more than two decades, promoting human rights, development, peace and security.
Our role in elections depends on the wishes of the Member State concerned and generally consists of technical support and advice, and may also include support for election administration and planning, voter registration, election budgeting , logistics and procurement, use of technology, training , and voter and civic education.
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Informed, included and safe
In response to a request for electoral assistance from the government of Timor-Leste in 2019, the United Nations, through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is helping the government to organize an inclusive poll, with measures effective security measures against COVID-19. in place and ensure that the electorate is as informed as possible.
UNDP has also helped the government procure personal protective equipment, such as masks, and is in the process of renovating seven buildings and constructing new offices, for Election Management Bodies (EMBs), in various municipalities. of the country, incorporating elements into the layout and construction. that make them as “pandemic proof” as possible.
The media plays a vital role in enhancing electoral participation, especially of women, youth and persons with disabilities, in order to promote equal and inclusive representation.
UNDP and UN Women worked with the National Press Council to provide a range of support to journalists covering the elections, and they seek to improve the participation of new voters, women and young people through social media, television and radio.
Support for people with disabilities
The UN in Timor-Leste has also taken specific measures to ensure that people with disabilities are included and their voices are heard in electoral processes: for example, UNDP organized the first Braille training in the Dili language. , in which 170 people with disabilities took part. .
Persons with a physical or visual impairment can designate a person of their choice to help them vote. Poll workers will be required to bring people with disabilities to the front of the queue while waiting to vote, as well as elderly people and pregnant women.
The UN is committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s efforts to strengthen its democracy and to support the efforts of electoral authorities to provide a safe and secure environment for elections, as well as to protect and uphold human rights. man throughout the electoral process”.