July 8 - The ruling party and an opposition group are leading parliamentary elections in East Timor as officials tally results in the Asian nation. Lindsey Parietti reports.
Election officials sort ballots in East Timor. Counting began immediately after voting for new parliament members ended on Saturday. Local and international observers were on hand throughout the day to monitor the voting and also the vote-counting. One monitor praised the process. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) LOCAL OBSERVER MARIO PACAIO SAYING: "The election was run better than previous presidential elections. Based on our observation, people's enthusiasm has increased." A total of 21 parties and alliances contested the polls. Provisional results showed the ruling National Council of Timorese Resistance party has won, but was short of a majority raising the prospect of a coalition government in Asia's youngest nation. With a turbulent history, stability is paramount for voters here in one of the world's poorest countries that gained independence just ten years ago. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters