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Voters vandalize ballots to air frustration over politicians

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 10, 2020   /  09:32 pm
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A screenshot of a Twitter post showing a vandalized ballot in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, on Dec. 9, 2020.(JP/-)

While some Indonesians might have a long list of worries that could keep them from voting during a pandemic, some others could not wait to escape quarantine on a Wednesday morning and stage a “protest” against the candidates or the political system. The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has reported that it has found some voters in various regions abstained by vandalizing ballots during this year’s simultaneous regional elections. In Kediri, East Java, for example, while there was only one pair of candidates running in the regental election, the ballots left some room for some voters to express their sentiment. In a blank column beside the pictures of candidate pair Hanindhito Himawan Pramana and Dewi Maria Ulfa, supposedly provided to vote for a formal abstention, Bawaslu found some unusual images, including a photo of SUGA of Korean boy band BTS. &ldq...