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Jakarta Post

Many unregistered voters live in apartments or are former evictees

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 3, 2017   /  01:02 pm
Many unregistered voters live in apartments or are former evictees Preparations – A worker folds ballot papers for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election at the West Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU) office on Jan. 27. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Jakarta acting governor Sumarsono has said many voters in Jakarta are not on the final voter list ahead of the upcoming election because many live in apartments or were victims of forced evictions.

He said the system to register addresses in apartment blocks was not as clear as for people living in landed housing.

“Most of the unregistered ones turn out to be living in apartments. There are also victims of evictions and we cannot find them,” Sumarsono said as quoted by on Thursday.

He said the administration had ordered the population and civil registry agency to visit apartments in Jakarta to seek data.

“So we’re reaching out to them,” he said. “If they haven’t begun the electronic ID processing we will help them get a letter from the agency to vouch for them. That’s to make sure everyone’s voting rights are met,” he said.

However, he said there were difficulties in tracking down victims of forced evictions. (evi)