The “final provisional unlikely to be changed (much) penultimate” presidential election results were released to the public this afternoon :
|Candidate||Total Votes||Percentage of Vote|
|Francisco Guterres “LuOlu”||112666||27.29%|
|Francisco Xavier do Amaral||58125||14.39%|
|Jose Ramos Horta||88102||21.81%|
|Ferdinand de Araujo “LaSama”||77459||19.18%|
|TOTAL VALID VOTES||403946||99.40%|
The total valid votes represent about 77% of the 522,903 registered voters and I think 82% actually voted (ie meaning 5% invalid for whatever reason – blank, not distinguishable or plain incorrectly filled in). I am not sure if all complaints have been thoroughly gone over and sorted. And these results are subject to appeal.
There will no doubt be a press release which answers some of the questions and explains where to from here.
This means that LuOlu and Ramos Horta will be contesting the run-off election. What may have happened if Ramos Horta had never put his name in ?
I am lucky that my deadline is when I get home and have something to say !