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State ignores the right of citizens in polls

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 11 2009   /  09:17 am

The failure of up to 40 percent of voters unable to cast ballots in the legislative elections is evidence of  massive violation of citizens’ right to vote by the state, the National Commission on Human Rights has found. The findings saw rampant discrimination against certain groups of voters, including students living outside their hometowns, hospitalized patients, fishermen, migrant workers, transvestives, sex workers and Chinese-Indonesian communities. Commissioner Yoseph Adi Prasetyo said for sure many of about 50 million mentally ill people lost their right to vote. “Who hold the right to determine whether they are eligible to vote or not? The polls officials? The district officials? They neither have the capabilities nor consult with health experts.,” Yoseph told a media conference on Friday. The findings followed an investigation conducted in 10 provinc...