COMELEC to share Pilipinas debates 2016 in Timor-Leste

MANILA- The Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez will share the Commission's best practices and unique experience in its conduct of the widely successful PiliPinas Debates 2016 in Dili, Timor-Leste on March 17, 2017.

The National Election Commission (CNE) of Timor-Leste, a sovereign state in Southeast Asia, will hold its presidential candidates' debates ahead of the first round of the presidential elections on March 20, 2017, which is only the third in the history of the nation since it won its independence in 2002.

Through the invitation of Debates International and the National Democratic Institute, which is providing technical support to the production of the debates in Timor-Leste, Jimenez will serve as a resource person for the debate producers and other international agencies assisting and supporting the country.

In light of the successful conduct of the first-ever COMELEC-led candidate debate in 2016, Jimenez' technical insights and inputs will be of help to the people of Timor-Leste who will, in turn, be instrumental in making their presidential debate a success.

"The Timorese's spirit of democracy is alive and well, as evident in high voter turnout during elections. Hopefully, a successful debate will further stoke this fervor," Jimenez said.

The 2016 international study entitled "Rethinking Debates" by the U.S.-based Civic Hall and Democracy Fund cited the COMELEC for its innovative use of social media in its first Presidential Debate after 24 years. The study recorded a total of 303 million election-related posts and the hashtag #PiliPinasDebates2016 registered 1.9 million tweets, which resulted in the highest engagement on Twitter for a presidential debate.

Source: Philippines Information Agency

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