Timor-Leste

Population Statistics

1,231,116

Total Population

184,667

Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

Timor-Leste has not yet signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Law on the Election of the National Parliament (2006, amended 2017)

Updated: October 2018

Article 4, Active Electoral Capacity states:

(1) Active electoral capacity shall be granted to all Timorese citizens over 17 years of age...

(3) Voters in hospitals and prison facilities and with an up-to-date voter's card have the right to vote in the election of Members of the National Parliament.

(4) Voting in hospital and prison establishments shall take place at a time fixed by the Technical Secretariat of the Electoral Administration, after consulting the head of those establishments.

(5) Voting procedures in hospitals and prisons are subject to regulation approved by Government Decree.

 

Article 37, Right to Vote, section 1 states:

The act of voting is a right and a civic duty.

 

Article 40 states, Identification of the Voter, section 3 states:


If a voter does not have his/her voter’s card on election day, he or she may exercise his/her right to vote by presenting his/her Timorese ID card or passport, as long as his/her data appear on the voters list for that geographic unit.

 

Excerpts from the Law on the Election of the National Parliament (2006, last amended 2017)

Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (2002)

Updated: June 2015

Section 7, subsection 1 states:

The people shall exercise the political power through universal, free, equal, direct, secret and periodic suffrage and through other forms laid down in the Constitution.

 

Section 46, subsection 1 states:

Every citizen has the right to participate in the political life and in the public affairs of the country, either directly or through democratically elected representatives.

 

Section 47 states:

(1) Every citizen over the age of seventeen has the right to vote and to be elected.

(2) The exercise of the right to vote is personal and constitutes a civic duty.

 

Excerpts from the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (2002)

Law on the Election of the President of the Republic (2006, last amended 2011)

Updated: June 2015

Article 4 states:

(1) Active electoral capacity is granted to all Timorese citizens over 17 years of age residing in the national territory.

(2) In order to be able to exercise the right of vote it shall be a mandatory condition to be registered in the voter registration.

 

Article 5 states:

The following are not granted active electoral capacity:

(a) Individuals judicially disabled due to a sentence imposed by a court of law;

(b) Individuals clearly and publicly known as mentally ill even where they are not judicially disabled.

 

Excerpts from the Law on the Election of the President of the Republic (2006, last amended 2011)