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Jakarta Post

Polls postponed in areas with logistical problems

  • Ghina Ghaliya, Apriadi Gunawan and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 18, 2019   /  11:16 am
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This handout picture taken and released on April 16, 2019 by the Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU), Indonesia's election commission, shows workers delivering ballot boxes by boats to remote villages in Mappi, Papua province. - From sending ballot boxes by elephant in Sumatra to keeping voters safe in Papua's rebel territory, Indonesia is pulling out all the stops for one of the world's biggest one-day polls across a vast archipelago of 260 million. (AFP/Handout/Komisi Pemilihan Umum )

Voting in several areas has been delayed as a result of problems caused by inclement weather and other difficulties. General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Ilham Saputra said the commission was aware of the problems and the Elections Supervisory Committee (Bawaslu) in each region should submit voting postponement recommendations to the regional KPU, including a schedule of when polling could take place. Among the areas with logistical problems are Jayapura in Papua, Nias Island in North Sumatra and Batam in Riau Islands. “The central KPU will continue to work with Bawaslu on the problems. We will check where the mistakes were, and at which level,” Ilham said on Wednesday. Ilham said Papua was one of the first regions to receive voting materials from the central KPU. “We will follow up all the reports related to logistical issues in some regions,&rdq...