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Indonesia election organizers scuffle to track down rejected voters in Sydney

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 26, 2019   /  11:34 am
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Fiesta of democracy: Indonesians living in Malaysia have their documents checked at their embassy in Kuala Lumpur before casting their overseas ballots ahead of the country’s April 17 general election on Sunday. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) said it might have to cancel extended voting in Sydney, Australia, if local organizers were unable to identify the names of eligible voters who were rejected at the polling station on April 13. Hundreds were denied their ballot at Sydney Town Hall that day because the local Overseas Elections Committee (PPLN) closed the poll at 6 p.m. as per KPU regulations, despite snaking lines that spanned three blocks from the building.   

As of Thursday, more than 49,000 people have signed a petition on change.org demanding a revote. While the local Elections Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) and Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) have recommended an extension, the KPU ordered local organizers to draw up a list of voters who had been unable to cast their ballot. ...