Polls close in East Timor

Initial reports say the turnout was good, with no reports of any major incidents.

    Fourteen parties are in the fray. Preliminary results are expected on July 7 [AFP]

    Battle for votes
     
    Timor vote


    Fourteen parties or coalitions fighting for places in 65-seat parliament

    No single party expected to win majority under proportional representation system

    Vote seen as showdown between new CNRT party and Fretilin

    Key issues: Alleviating poverty, managing oil revenue, law and order

    "Initial indications show that the turnout has been good and we will now be assisting with the retrieval of the ballot boxes."
    The CNRT is a new party founded by Xanana Gusmao, a former president seen by many as a hero of independence.
     
    Neither party is forecast to win the absolute parliamentary majority required to govern, meaning a coalition will need to be formed with some of the 12 other parties contesting the polls.
     
    The month-long campaigning period building up to the elections was marred by the shooting of two of Gusmao's supporters.
     
    More than 548,000 people had registered to vote, overseen by around 500 foreign monitors and 3,000 peacekeepers.
     
    The parliamentary elections came just a month after the country elected Jose Ramos-Horta, a Nobel laureate, as its president.
     
    Preliminary results are expected on July 7.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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