Observing the U.S. Election: Dili, East Timor

Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Dili, East Timor

As submitted by embassy staff

US Embassy Dili’s Election-oriented events included: An essay contest with the theme “What does democracy mean to you?” with winning entries published on facebook and winners invited to the Embassy’s Election Watch 2012 event. Pol/Econ Chief Jeff Borenstein spoke with high schoolers at the Rui Cinatti School in Dili, Timor-Leste, comparing and contrasting the US electoral system with Timor-Leste’s. Pol/Econ Chief Jeff Borenstein did a press briefing for media to explain the intricate details of the US election system, Electoral College and took questions. Election Watch 2012, hosted by Ambassador Judith R. Fergin at her residence, included an onsite straw poll and attracted hundreds of visitors – a diverse and enthusiastic cross-section of Timorese and American citizens from civil society organizations, Timorese government (including the Vice-Prime Minister), university students and high school civics classes.

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Additional photos of the election event can be found at http://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyDili.

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