Leaders gather to work toward a peaceful election
Dili, March 8, 2012 — The Asia Foundation in collaboration with Polícia Nacional Timor-Leste (PNTL) conducted a national forum on Electoral Violence Prevention under the Conflict Mitigation Through Community Oriented Policing (CMCOP) Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the New Zealand Aid Program.
The forum, held on March 7, 2012 at PNTL Academy, Comoro, Dili, brought together PNTL officers, suco chiefs, community leaders (lia nain), sub-district administrators, and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss and develop community-based strategies for the prevention of electoral violence in Timor-Leste.
The purpose of the forum is to provide an opportunity for a national discussion on potential threats and strategies for preventing election-related violence between PNTL officers, District Administration, community leaders, and NGOs. The goal of the discussion is to develop action plans for communities to implement. These plans will anticipate possible vulnerabilities and suggest conflict management strategies.
A second forum will take place prior to the parliamentary elections to discuss incidents that took place, as well as share experiences and key lessons learned. The information will be analyzed and developed into a training module for Community Police Councils, which will enhance the knowledge and abilities of police officers and communities to work together to prevent violence and insecurity during the elections.
Community Policing Commander Mr. Boavida Ribeiro will participate it the forum, along with Asia Foundation representatives, USAID representatives, and New Zealand representatives. Sub-district administrators from Dili, Baucau, Ermera, Aileu and Manatuto are also invited to attend the forum.