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Voters’ list Troubles Still Rampant: NGO

JPPR, JAKARTA — An election watchdog reported Sunday it is still receiving reports of election fraud related to the troubled voters’ roll in last week’s gubernatorial runoff.

The People’s Voter Education Network (JPPR) said that the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) failed to make improvements in the voters’ roll in the runoff.

“KPU Jakarta repeated the same mistake as the July 11 election. Its revision to the voters’ list still did not accommodate all rightful voters,” Masykurudin Hafidz, JPPR head for monitoring, said.

Masykurudin said the election watchdog deployed a total of 372 volunteers to monitor polling stations during Thursday’s runoff.

Among its findings were people listed in several polling stations and election organizers failing to display voters’ lists on their respective stations.

JPPR also found groups of people directing and intimidating voters at the polling stations and cash disbursements for voters to choose a certain candidate.

Masykurudin said the watchdog would immediately report their findings to the Jakarta Elections Supervisory Body (Panwaslu Jakarta).

Separately, Panwaslu Jakarta chairman Ramdansyah said they had received 47 official reports during the gubernatorial election process.

“We will follow up these reports,” Ramdansyah said.

Panwaslu Jakarta also deployed volunteers to hundreds of polling stations out of the total of 15,059 across the capital during the election.

In the first round, the supervisory body listed 12 types of violations committed by polling station committees, including voters’ list-related violations.

The voters’ list has been a serious problem in the election. Mere weeks from the runoff date, KPU Jakarta registered 34,603 additional voters, bringing the total number of electors for the runoff to 6,996,951.

The approval for the revision was the first time the KPU — the central office of the poll body — bent its own 2010 stipulation on voter drafting and revision, which leaves no room for revision of the final voters list once it has undergone the verification process.

KPU Jakarta had been under fire for its poor preparation of the list before the first round, with candidates alleging that there were substantial numbers of dubious entries, such as ineligible or duplicate voters.

A revision to the July 11 voters’ roll was made less than 48 hours prior to voting day after the Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP) meted out sanctions to the poll body declaring KPU Jakarta chairperson Dahlia Umar guilty of rampant irregularities surrounding the list of voters. — JP

repost: Jaringan Pendidikan Pemilih untuk Rakyat (JPPR) 

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