In Timorese Constitution, article 3 recognizes Timoese citizens both inside and outside the country. In March 2016, a new registration law permitted overseas Timorese to vote in 2017 elections have been just approved by the National Parliament in March 2016, as Timorese Constitution recognized Timoese citizens both inside and outside the country. Because of this, Timorese living overseas will be facilitated to vote in the next election in 2017.
STAE will cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to identify countries where the overseas voter registration will be implemented. Those Timorese who have Indonesian citizenship will still be able to register as Indonesia does not allow its citizens to hold dual nationality.