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Some 15,000 lose voting rights in Jakarta election

  • Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 11, 2017   /   04:14 pm
Some 15,000 lose voting rights in Jakarta election Election officials seal the rear door of a vehicle being used to distribute election materials for the first round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election at the General Elections Commission (KPU) warehouse in Jakarta on Feb. 7. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

Following months of protest by the Anies Baswedan camp concerning the possible manipulation of voter registration, the Jakarta Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) has stripped the voting rights of more than 15,000 people in the Jakarta gubernatorial election.

KPU commissioner Mochammad Sidik said Tuesday that most of the 15,000 voters had been declared ineligible to vote as their identity numbers and family card numbers were not included in commission data.

“After we examined Anies’ campaign team’s findings, we found there were people who should be removed from the list,” Sidik told The Jakarta Post over the phone.

He said those deemed ineligible to vote would have their names marked on the voters list at polling stations and prohibited from voting. Despite Anies’ camp claiming it had found more than 33,000 ineligible voters listed, Sidik said there would be no further changes to the list.

The Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) has established a final list of 7,218,280 Jakarta residents eligible to vote in the upcoming election runoff on April 19.

As many as 109,164 new voters were added to the list of 7,108,509 people eligible to vote in the first round of the election.