On Sunday, January 29, President José Ramos-Horta received around 116.300 petitions from 13 districts, urging him to submit his candidacy for another term as President. These petitions were presented by more than 2000 representatives of petitioners from all the districts.

”I thank all of you for coming from long distances, to present your petitions to nominate me as a candidate in this upcoming Presidential election. I am glad to receive your trust”, said Ramos-Horta.

The President said that each candidate in this upcoming election is qualified and has potential. He appealed and encouraged the community to cast their vote to a candidate of their choice, without any pressure from anyone.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that he respects the other candidates and if he decides to re-candidate himself, he would not carry out an open campaign to attack other candidates in public.

The other front runners for the President’s election this year are, former F-FDTL’s Major General, Taur Matan Ruak, Francisco Guterres “Lu-Olo”, Fernando de Araujo “Lasama”.

President Horta said that he would consider the petitions and contemplate on it in order to make his decision on 31, January 2012.

The National Election Commission’s criteria requires every Presidential candidate to be nominated by at least 5000 people, with at least 100 people belonging to one district.

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