Friday, 30 March 2007

Leassons Learned? Or Not?

First, go here: UN cheated in Timor vote, inquiry told.

Then read the following:

UNMIT Welcomes the Signing of the Code of Conduct for the 2007 Presidential ElectionsDili, March 16, 2007 - At a ceremony in Dili this afternoon, the head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) said the signing of a Code of Conduct for the April 9 election will help to ensure that the elections are free, fair, transparent and peaceful.The Code of Conduct has been drafted by the national body responsible for running the elections, the Technical Secretariat for the Administration of Elections (STAE) and approved by the National Electoral Commission (CNE).The Code was signed by all eight presidential candidates in Dili.Special Representative to the Secretary General for Timor Leste Atul Khare signed the Code as a witness, along with the representatives of Organs of Sovereignty, the church and civil society.Mr Khare noted the importance of the Code of Conduct as a whole, as a clear commitment of all candidates to free and fair elections. He highlighted in particular the commitment by all candidates, their representatives and supporters to accept the results, or to challenge them only in competent courts; and to campaign positively through programmes of action not personal criticism of other candidates. He also drew attention to those clauses which encourage respect for the rights of other candidates and request candidates to refrain from exercising any illegitimate influence on voters. “Today’s signing signifies a formal acknowledgement of the guiding principles and rules that will help to ensure that the 2007 Presidential elections are free, fair, transparent and peaceful,” Mr Khare said.UNMIT is mandated through Security Council Resolution 1704 to “support Timor-Leste in all aspects of the 2007 presidential and parliamentary electoral process, including through technical and logistical support, electoral policy advice and verification or other means.”
For further information please contact UNMIT spokesperson Allison Cooper on +670 7230453

Then go here: Electoral Certification Team Report.

Then make up your own mind..............


Jerry said...

The road to becoming a democracy is full of potholes, esp. for a post-colonial nation that never had a chance to develop leadership. There is that "you do it for me, mister" mentality that is so difficult to overcome. Timor will painfully have to learn that to make anything work, it has to become one nation working together.
My own USA has had its own tumultuous times - a devisive civil war, fractious Congressional members, exemplary leaders, paltry ones and scary ones like our current president. Ups & downs that in the long run has worked out pretty well. Hopefully, Timor will get on track. Lord knows, most of you who live there and are trying to make a difference have your hearts in the right places.
Worried Mama

Mauricio said...

Yeah, ok, the UN rigged the vote. And Wiranto had nothing to do with it.

I know and have worked with several people who conducted the 1999 Popular Consultation. You are out of mind for thinking that that vote was rigged. I am no fan of the UN, but here you are plainly wrong.

fat old sod said...

And just exactly how an I wrong Mauricio? What have I said? Did you read the post? I have posted 3 seperate articles, which I did not write, and asked people to make up their own minds. Next time you comment read the bloody post. Oh, and I take great exception to being called 'out of my mind' on my own blog by someone who obviously didn't read and/or understand the post in the first place.