National Commission for Elections (CNE) has ordered all political parties to remove all political attributes used in the campaigns from public places, as the campaigns were over. “We have given to the last day of the week before the elections to remove all the campaign paraphernalia from public places,” said Faustino Cardoso (09/07), in Caicoli, Dili.According to CNE, the material can still be seen around the place.
Mário Viegas Carrascalão, Social Democratic Party (PSD) MP said there were no longer attributes from his party because people had removed them or replaced with their own political party’s election campaign material. “The PSD banner didn’t last two days, I was driving past at night and noticed it had had been taken down and replaced by other banners,” said the PSD MP. He asked other political parties whose material was still on public display to be responsible about it and remove them. Manuel Tilman, Member of Parliament for Klibur Oan Timor Aswain (KOTA), noted the election material was not only from political parties, he had seen President Taur Matan Ruak’s photos as well.“Even though Xanana’s photo was ripped in places he still managed to win the election,” said Tilman.Jacinta Pereira MP for Democratic Party (PD) said it was the Police’s responsibility to pull down all the electoral advertising. “Two days before the election all the political attributes should’ve been removed however some political parties’ are still on public display, such as in Pantai Kelapa, where Fretilin banners are still hanging,” said Pereira.
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