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Komnas HAM monitors voting in West Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Mamuju, West Sulawesi   /   Wed, February 15, 2017   /  08:39 am
Komnas HAM monitors voting in West Sulawesi Gubernatorial candidates Suhardi Duka and Kalma Katta (center) attend an event after registering their candidacy for the 2017 elections at the West Sulawesi General Elections Commission. This candidate pair is supported by the Democratic Party, the Hanura Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). (JP/Andi Hajramurni)

National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) members are being deployed to West Sulawesi to directly monitor the province’s third ever gubernatorial election on Wednesday.

Komnas HAM commissioner Hafid Abbas said the monitoring process was important because West Sulawesi was a new province and therefore the election process would be crucial for the people in the province.

Komnas HAM believe the province will be prone to violations during Election Day, he added.

(Read also: KPU Sangihe struggles to deliver election logistics amid extreme weather)

The commission will prioritize the monitoring of voting by disabled voters as well as prisoners and hospitalized people, Hafid said in the province’s capital, Mamuju, on Tuesday.

According to the West Sulawesi General Elections Commission (KPU West Sulawesi), there are 2,844 voters with disabilities in the province, spread across six regencies. Of the entire population of 1.5 million people, 840,091 are registered as eligible voters.

Hafid said the commission would also pay attention to the potential for partiality from civil servants because some of the candidates were former regents.

“Around 11,000 voters are also reportedly not on the final voters list. This should have been avoided,” Hafid said.

Officials prepare polling booths at PGRI High School in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on Tuesday. West Sulawesi is one of 101 provinces, regencies, and cities slated for simultaneous regional elections on Feb. 15.(The Jakarta Post/Andi Hajramurni)

West Sulawesi used to be a part of South Sulawesi. It was named a new province in 2004.

Anwar Adnan Saleh won the first gubernatorial election in 2006 and was then reelected in 2012. (bbs)

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