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Jakarta Post

Malaysian, Middle Eastern men mistakenly registered for elections in East Java

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 5, 2019   /   01:41 pm
Malaysian, Middle Eastern men mistakenly registered for elections in East Java Election talk: Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) chairman Muhammad (second from right) and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioners Arief Budiman (second from left) and Sigit Pamungkas (left) attend a hearing at the House of Representatives in Jakarta last March. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)


The Madiun Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in East Java has found three foreign citizens, one Malaysian and two from Middle East countries, registered for the 2019 election in the city, allegedly because of an error made by General Elections Commission (KPU) officers.

“Of 35 foreigners living in this city, 27 already have identity cards. We then check into the KPU to find out three of them had been included on the final voter list [DPT],” Bawaslu Madiun head Kokok Heru Purwoko said on Monday. 

He said he suspected that some KPU officers did not know that foreigners possessed no voting rights.

Bawaslu advised the KPU to delete the foreigners' names from the list immediately, as reported by

A similar discovery was made previously in Cianjur, West Java, where a Chinese citizen appeared on the DPT. 

The head of the West Java Population and Civil Registration Agency, Heri Suherman, explained that a foreign citizen could have an identity card, called a permanent resident card, similar to that of an Indonesian citizen. 

Both cards have 16-digit numbers that appear similar. Only the nationality section differs between a foreign permanent resident card and an Indonesian citizen’s identity card. (vny)