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PDI-P accuses poll administrators of preventing Ahok supporters from voting

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani
    Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, February 16, 2017 | 04:09 pm
PDI-P accuses poll administrators of preventing Ahok supporters from voting Let's vote: Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama (second right) and his wife Veronica Tan (second left) and their son Nicholas Sean Purnama (left) show their inked little fingers after having voted at Polling Station 54 in Pantai Mutiara, Pluit, North Jakarta, on Feb. 15. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), part of the coalition of political parties supporting Jakarta gubernatorial candidate pair Baduki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Saiful Hidayat, claims election organizers have committed violations against the latter's supporters.

The violations include blocking Ahok-Djarot supporters from voting, which local poll administrators (KPPS) allegedly had committed.

The PDI-P said in a statement on Thursday that several Ahok-Djarot supporters had been prevented from voting after administrators claimed they were not listed on the final voter list (DPT) even though they had brought electronic identity cards (e-KTP) and their family card (KK) as required for unregistered voters who wanted to vote.

The party said the KPPS in question also had prohibited several people not yet registered on the DPT to cast votes although they brought official recommendation letters from the Population and Civil Registration Agency (Dukcapil) and showed their family cards. 

(Read also: PDI-P blames technical glitches for Ahok-Djarot's failure to win in first round)

It was later reportedly stated that many polling stations ran out of ballots, which was the reason why many Ahok-Djarot supporters were not able to vote.

The party also accused rival campaign teams of having committed physical attacks on supporters, where some had to seek medical treatment.

“We call on the Jakarta General Elections Commission [KPU] and Bawaslu [Election Supervisory Agency] to take action in response to these findings because it was the KPPS themselves who had violated people’s constitutional rights,” said PDI-P legal and human rights division chairman Trimedya Panjaitan.

On Thursday, the party opened a post located on Jl. Majapahit, Central Jakarta, to receive public complaints or reports of violations that occurred on voting day. (ebf)

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