Upon the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Timor-Leste, the EU deployed an Election Expert Mission (EEM), composed of a political-electoral analyst and a legal analyst to assess the early legislative elections on 12 May 2018.
Election observation is a highly visible demonstration of the EU's commitment to supporting democracy and promoting human rights around the world. It contributes to strengthening democratic institutions, building public confidence in electoral processes, helping to deter fraud, intimidation and violence, especially in fragile, post-conflict or developing regions. It also complements other key EU foreign policy objectives, particularly peace-building.
All parties must now complete this electoral process in the calm and responsible spirit shown so far, while awaiting the announcement of the final results by the Constitutional Court. Any challenges to the results must be made peacefully and through the legal channels set up for addressing grievances.
Improved political climate, inclusive participation rights and a peaceful vote, but un-level playing field, intimidation of voters and lack of trust in the process undermined the pre-election environment. We now hope for a transparent and traceable results process