The Jakarta Post
Bogor regency in West Java has announced that it will provide special compensation for officials of district election committees (PPK) who fell ill because of exhaustion or sleep deprivation as they counted votes for the presidential and legislative elections held on April 17.
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the administration would also compensate the families of volunteers who had passed away after having counted votes for the simultaneous elections.
“We will reward officials who have fallen ill, as well as families of those who have passed away,” he said on Monday as quoted by news agency Antara.
However, he said the administration had yet to settle on what sort of compensation it planned to afford the officials and their families.
“These officials are heroes of democracy who worked tirelessly day and night to ensure that the elections run smoothly. We’re still mulling over what kind of compensation we’d like to give them and their families,” Ade said.
The head of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Bogor, Heri Setiawan, said the commission had received reports of four volunteers who had passed away as of Monday morning.
In addition, the commission had also received reports of nine officials who had fainted during and/or following the vote-counting process, he said. “We will keep close tabs on further reports of sick officials to ensure that they receive immediate medical treatment,” Heri said. (rfa)