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Presidential candidates promise safe poll
Second round runoff contestants vow to keep supporters in checkTaur Matan Ruak (right) and his wife during the first round campaign
- Thomas Ora, Dili
- timor leste
- March 30, 2012
Campaigning begins today and ends on April 13.
Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo and Taur Matan Ruak made the pledge at a meeting with outgoing President Jose Ramos-Horta and several top national security officials yesterday in the presidentâ€™s office in Dili.
â€śTaur and I were invited by the president to review technical problems and security issues that surfaced in the first round so that the second round will run smoother,â€ť Lu-Olo said.
He admitted that some of his and Taurâ€™s supporters could become violent.
â€śWe will work together in order to prevent clashes. People want peace and national unity,â€ť he said.
Taur agreed, saying a peaceful election and a show of unity are vital to demonstrate the countryâ€™s credibility.
â€śLu-Olo and I are determined every person will have the opportunity to vote in an honest, free and safe election. By doing so, we will show our democratic credibility to the international community,â€ť he said.
â€śWhat we want is to keep Timor Leste peaceful and united,â€ť he asserted.
Military chief Major-General Lere Anan Timor welcomed the pledges and said Â security personnel â€śare ready to work together to control the situation.â€ť
The campaignÂ for the first round of voting on March 17, in which 12 candidates took part, passed off peacefully.
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