The Jakarta Post
The Denpasar chapter of the General Election Commission (KPU) burned on Tuesday a total of 690 damaged Bali gubernatorial election ballot papers, a day prior to voting day. The ballot papers were burned to prevent misuse.
“Some 102 of the total 609 ballot papers were damaged, such as being ripped, and thus could not be used. The remaining were unused extra ballot papers. We destroyed all these ballot papers to prevent any attempt to misuse them,” KPU Denpasar head I Gede John Darmawan said.
The commission destroyed the papers a day before voting day as per the election regulations. Representatives of the Denpasar Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and local police were also present to witness the process.
Bali is among the 171 subnational administrations that will hold elections. Eligible voters will cast their votes for the Bali governor position, while residents of Gianyar and Klungkung regencies will also elect regents. The Bali gubernatorial election will be contested by two candidate pairs: I Wayan Koster and running mate Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, and Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra and running mate I Ketut Sudikerta.
The Gianyar regency election will also be contested by two candidate pairs, with Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa and running mate Pande Istri Maharani up against Agus Mahayastra and running mate AA Gede.
Meanwhile, Tjokorda Bagus Oka and running mate I Ketut Mandia will compete against candidate pair Nyoman Suwirta and running mate Made Kasta in Klungkung. (swd)