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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Papua modifies ‘noken’ voting system

  • The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Fri, November 18 2016   /  08:55 am

The Papua General Elections Commission (KPU) will retain the noken system in the upcoming regional elections in the province’s six regencies and cities in February.

The six regencies are Puncak Jaya, Tolikara, Intan Jaya, Nduga, Dogiya and Lanny Jaya. The system will be used in all districts except where the capitals of respective regencies are located.

However, the Papua KPU has adjusted the procedure in the noken system to comply with regulations, Papua KPU commissioner Beatrix Wanane said on Thursday.

Previously, in the noken system, individual voters did not go to polling stations to vote. Instead, tribal leaders visited poll stations and lodged one vote to represent every member of his respective community. Ballots were placed in a noken, a traditional Papuan woven bag.

Before the tribal leader voted, the respective community held a meeting to reach a ...