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Hundreds of polling stations in Karanganyar prone to violations

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Mon, June 25, 2018   /   09:50 am
Hundreds of polling stations in Karanganyar prone to violations All set: Workers load ballot boxes onto a truck in Temanggung, Central Java, on June 23. The Temanggung General Elections Commission has distributed election materials for the Central Java provincial election and the Temanggung regency election slated for June 27. (Antara/Anis Efizudin)

Out of the 1,721 polling stations that have been set up for the regency election in Karanganyar, Central Java, 667 of them are considered prone to problems, which include voter data inaccuracies, vote-buying, biased polling station working committees (KPPS), and campaigns related to ethnicity, religion, race and intergroup relations (SARA).

“We have informed all stakeholders so they can take preventive measures,” said Karanganyar Elections Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) head Kustawa on Sunday.

Most of the problems were related to vote-buying and the availability of election material and facilities for disabled voters.

“Several polling stations are considered prone to problems because of vote-buying. Panwaslu has also detected volunteers that had been paid by candidate pairs. There are problems of KPPS neutrality in those areas as well,” said Kustawa.

Panwaslu Karanganyar member Nuning Ritwanita said the measure had been taken to prevent various violations that might occur during the Karanganyar regency election slated for Wednesday.

“The indicators have been provided. These can be used as a reference to anticipate violations,” said Nuning.

Budi Sukramto of the Karanganyar General Elections Commission (KPU) said officials at 32 polling stations were found to have supported certain candidate pairs. “We are waiting for recommendations from Panwaslu Karanganyar. We will follow up on the findings,” said Budi. (ebf)