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165 ballots found damaged in Jayapura

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Thu, February 2, 2017   /  11:07 pm
165 ballots found damaged in Jayapura Ahead of voting day -- Local residents sort and fold ballot papers for the Feb.15 regional head election in Jayapura. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

The Jayapura General Elections Commission (KPU) says it has found 165 damaged ballots and requested replacements from a partnering printing house.

“The folding process of ballot papers has been completed. We found 165 damaged ballots and we have sent a letter to the printing house to replace them,” KPU Jayapura member Sutjipto said on Thursday.

He said it was hoped that the commission would receive the new ballot papers as soon as possible because ballots must be distributed to voting locations three days before the election on Feb. 15.

KPU Jayapura is set to deploy 5,661 officials on election day, comprising 4,403 officials recruited by the commission and 1,258 Community Protection (Linmas) officers dispatched by the Jayapura administration. Two Linmas officers will be stationed at every polling station.

The number of voters in Jayapura amounts to 308,775, around 100,000 lower than the 409,388 voters during the Papua gubernatorial election in 2013.

“There is quite a huge gap between the number of registered voters for the 2017 regional elections and those registered for the 2013 Papua gubernatorial election. This is because there has been an improvement in population data at the Jayapura civil and registration agency [Dukcapil],” said Sutjipto.

“In 2013, many residents who were no longer living in the city were still registered at Dukcapil.”

KPU Jayapura is busy setting up 629 polling stations in five districts and 39 villages. Only one candidate pair, namely Benhur Tomi Mano and Haji Rustam Saru, is contesting the Jayapura mayoral election. (ebf)

 

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