The Jakarta Post
The Boyolali General Elections Commission (KPU) in Central Java has begun preparing polling stations for the June 27 election in evacuation locations as an anticipatory measure amid eruptions at Mount Merapi.
“There are so-called polling stations for disaster areas. We will erect such polling stations in Merapi evacuation shelters. It will make it easier for people to vote,” said KPU Boyolali head Siswadi Sapto Harjono on Saturday.
Voting will take place in evacuation shelters should Mt. Merapi erupt during the election. “So polling stations in evacuation shelters will be used only during an emergency,” said Siswadi.
Daily routine: Residents carrying grass for their livestock pass a road in Tlogolele village, Selo district, Boyolali regency, Central Java, as thick smoke emanates from the crater of Mount Merapi. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
Siswadi said KPU Boyolali would invite election officials from three districts, Cepogo, Musuk, and Selo, which were located near Mt.Merapi’s peak, to attend a meeting to discuss measures that would be taken during a disaster.
Earlier, Boyolali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Bambang Sinung reported 362 residents of Tlogolele village in Selo district had been evacuated due to repeated phreatic eruptions last week. The evacuees were facilitated in a temporary shelter in Stabelan village, Tlogolele.
“They’ve been asked to stay in temporary shelters only during the night because of unsafe conditions. In the daytime, they can return to their homes to carry out their usual activities,” said Bambang. (ebf)