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Jakarta Post

S. Sulawesi set for vote; Papua rules on ‘noken’

  • Andi Hajramurni and Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar/Jayapura   /   Tue, January 22 2013   /  10:27 am

As voters in South Sulawesi get ready to go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a governor, officials in Papua have ruled on using traditional noken bags to collect ballots.

Incumbent South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo and Deputy Governor Agus Arifin Nu’mang are seeking reelection and face competition from two other campaigns, Ilham Arief Sirajuddin and Abdul Abdul Aziz Qahhar Mudzakkar, and Andi Rudiyanto Asapa and Andi Nawir Pasinringi.

Ilham is currently the mayor of Makassar, the province’s capital and largest city, while his running mate, Azis, is a two-term member of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD).

Rudiyanto is in the middle of his second term as Sinjai regent, while his running mate, Andi Nawir, was formerly Pinrang regent.

The campaigns are vying for the support of 6.22 million registered voters, as officials ready 15,601 pollin...