East Timor votes for a new President
The 743,214 voters of East Timor (Timor-Leste) have gone to the polls today to elect a new president. They are voting across 941 polling stations between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Out of country voting is available at the Portugal, and Australian diplomatic missions.
If no candidate gains more than 50% of the vote a second round will be held on 20th April.
There are eight presidential candidates and they appear on the ballot paper in the following order:
Antonio Maher Lopes; Socialist Party of Timor
Francisco Guterres; Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN)
Amorim Vieira; Independent
José António de Jesus das Neves; Independent
José Luís Guterres; Frenti-Mudança
Angela Freitas; Labour Party
Luís A. Tilman; Independent
António da Conceição; Democratic Party
Francisco Guterres of FRETILIN and António da Conceição of the Democratic Party are expected to be the frontrunners.
Incumbent President Taur Matan Ruak is not eligible to stand.