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Jakarta Post

Thousands of names removed from South Sulawesi voting roll due to 'double registration'

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 26, 2018   /   12:50 pm
Thousands of names removed from South Sulawesi voting roll due to 'double registration' Gearing up: A volunteer shows ballots that will be used in the Makassar mayoral election scheduled for June 27. (ANTARA/Darwin Fatir)

The South Sulawesi General Elections Commission (KPU South Sulawesi) has removed thousands of names from the voting roll after finding that voters were registered twice under two different IDs.

KPU South Sulawesi commissioner Uslimin said in Makassar on Monday that the commission had reduced the number of duplicates from 100,000 to only 35,000 and that it would continue to remove names.

Uslimin said the KPU made the voter list based on data provided by the South Sulawesi Population and Civil Registry Agency (Disdukcapil South Sulawesi). During the verification process, however, it found that many voters on the list were registered twice.

“There are some cases in which two voters own the same ID. In other cases, a voter has two different IDs,” Uslimin said as quoted by in Makassar on Monday.

He further said that in Wajo regency, dozens of residents were not recognized as local residents because they made their IDs in Papua. The residents claimed that they did so because they wanted to go on haj from the province as the haj registration process in Wajo was quite complicated.

After they returned from the pilgrimage, Uslimin said, the residents did not immediately update their IDs, meaning Disdukcapil Wajo was unable to recognize them as residents of the regency.

“We will try our best [to update the roll] so that there will be no more double-registered voters on polling day,” he said. (dpk/ebf)