27 Jun 2007

East Timor election campaign ends today ahead of Saturday's poll

10:07 am on 27 June 2007

Campaigning in East Timor will end today ahead of Saturday's general election for a new 65-member parliament.

Observers say none of the parties is expected to win a majority, with President Jose Ramos Horta calling for unity among politicians to heal the rifts.

From Dili Walter Zweifel reports.

"The municipal stadium in Dili will today host the last rally of the ruling Fretilin Party whose set-back in the presidential election in May is expected to be repeated when voters to go the polls on Saturday. But its secretary-general, Mari Alkatiri, says he expects his party to win up to 50 percent of the votes this time. 14 parties are in the run, but the main challenge to the Fretilin government is expected to come from the CNRT Party, led by the former President Xanana Gusmao. Thousands of mainly young CNRT supporters rallied in the same stadium yesterday but were all but gone before Mr Gusmao finished his speech as darkness fell and truckloads of teenage supporters had left on their journey back to the districts."