Logistics issues impact voting in Papua, 1,200 polling stations reschedule voting

Head of Papua Regional Police Inspector General Mathius Fakhiri in Jayapura City, Wednesday (2/14/2024). - Jubi/Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Police noted that out of the 15,213 polling stations (TPS) designated for the 2024 General Election in Papua, only 13,916 conducted voting on Wednesday (2/14/2024). As many as 1,297 stations were unable to conduct voting due to a logistic problem.

“The polling stations that did not conduct voting were spread across Papua Province (34), Central Papua Province (1,172), and the Mountainous Papua Province (91),” said Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri on Wednesday.

He continued, in Central Papua, the stations that did not conduct voting included those in Puncak Jaya (697), Intan Jaya (383), and Paniai (92). In Mountainous Papua: in Tolikara (87) and Jayawijaya (4). Finally, in Papua: in Keerom (1), Mamberamo Raya (16), Sarmi (8), and Waropen (9).

Regarding rescheduled voting, Fakhiri stated that they were still awaiting the outcomes of meetings held by the General Election Commission (KPU) in each region. “I am still waiting for the results, but I hope that rescheduled voting can take place tomorrow [Thursday],” he said.

Fakhiri also declared that all polling stations in South Papua Province were observed to have conducted voting smoothly on Wednesday. “There are 1,770 poll stations in South Papua, and I hope the vote counting process there can proceed smoothly,” he added.

Concerning logistics, Fakhiri explained that the process was ongoing, with the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police ready to escort until completion.

“I have coordinated with the Commander of the XVII/Cenderawasih Military Region to assist with air transportation, and the police remain committed to securing the ballot boxes. I have also instructed police chiefs to report the situation at all times and maintain communication with the KPU and Bawaslu (Election Supervisory Agency),” he stated. (*)

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