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Jakarta Post

Jayapura regent reported to home minister over election funds

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 29, 2017   /   12:08 pm
Jayapura regent reported to home minister over election funds Waiting game: People wait for votes to be counted in Dikiyouwa village, Kamu district, Dogiyai, Papua, during the 2017 regional elections on Feb. 15. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

The Papua General Elections Commission (KPU) has reported Jayapura Regent Matius Awoitauw to Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo for his alleged failure to provide funds for revotes in several districts in the regency.

The commission said Matius had not yet provided the Rp 5.7 billion (US$ 427,928.07) it needed to hold revotes in 17 districts.

KPU Papua member Tarwinto confirmed on Wednesday that the commission had sent a letter reporting budget problems that had hampered revotes in 17 districts in Jayapura, to KPU headquarters in Jakarta on March 23.

“KPU headquarters received the letter, which was later forwarded to the home minister on March 25,” he said as quoted by on Wednesday.

In its letter, KPU Papua also attached a copy of a letter from the Jayapura regent clarifying why the funds had not been disbursed.

In his letter, Matius asked KPU Jayapura to first submit a financial report on the use of the funds previously disbursed by the regency administration.  

“We are still waiting for the minister’s response regarding this problem,” said Tarwinto.

Matius said previously that his administration was still waiting for a financial report on Rp 38 billion it had given to KPU Jayapura to organize the election on Feb. 15. The funds provided by the Jayapura regional budget were disbursed last year.   

“KPU headquarters and the Jayapura administration’s inspectorate found that  KPU Jayapura had not yet provided a report for around Rp 12 billion out of the total Rp 38 billion it had used,” said Matius.  (ebf)