Statement by the Spokesperson on the Presidential election in Timor-Leste

On 20 March, the people of Timor-Leste turned out in large numbers to vote in the presidential elections. On 22 March, the technical secretariat for electoral administration announced Mr. Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo the winner based on the preliminary municipal level results. The final results will be declared on 2 April.

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) headed by Chief Observer Mme Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Member of the European Parliament in its preliminary statement today, concluded that the election was well-run and peaceful, commending the electoral authorities for delivering a well-administered and inclusive process.

The European Union has a long history of accompanying electoral processes in Timor-Leste and the ongoing Election Observation Mission is a confirmation of the EU’s commitment to supporting democracy, peace and stability in the country. The observers will also follow the campaign and the voting of the upcoming legislative elections.

As a close and long-standing partner, the European Union looks forward to a continued fruitful cooperation with the next President and remains committed to the country’s democratic, economic and social development