Jakarta Gears Up for Gubernatorial Vote

By webadmin on 09:38 am Jul 10, 2012
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Starting today, the Jakarta Police will deploy at least 6,400 officers to secure the Jakarta gubernatorial elections, which take place on Wednesday.

The officers will oversee the transportation of the ballot boxes to and from the 15,111 polling stations that have been set up around the capital. They will also guard the polling stations on election day.

The police will be looking out for violence among supporters of rival factions, which has been known to occur during elections in Indonesia.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Monday that the ballot boxes were being kept at subdistrict offices.

The police have designated 14,815 polling stations as “safe,” 257 as “risky I,” 39 as “risky II” and 23 as “special condition.”

For the safe polling stations, the police will use a “2:10:5” security pattern, meaning they will deploy two police officers and 10 security guards for every five stations. Polling stations are considered safe if a police station is nearby and the neighborhood is generally violence-free.

Risky I stations and risky II stations will see a 2:4:2 and a 2:4:1 pattern respectively.

“As for the special condition category, [the police] will adjust in accordance with the conditions there,” Rikwanto said.

Meanwhile, representatives from the campaign teams said irregularities in the voting system were still emerging.

Denny Iskandar, from Solo Mayor Joko Widodo’s campaign, said his team had discovered a case where a voter, Carolin Magdalena, a resident of Pancoran, South Jakarta, received more than one voter card.

“Carolin received two voter cards with the same name but with different dates of birth and community unit areas,” Denny said at a plenary meeting held by the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPUD), the Jakarta Elections Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) and the candidates’ campaign teams.

Fatahillah Ramli, from South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin’s campaign, said his team had also found irregularities.

With only two days before the election, some members of the Golkar Party, which supports Alex, had still not received voter cards, even though they were registered, Fatahillah said. These include former government ministers Theo L. Sambuaga and Suharso Monoarfa, he said.

For the Jakarta Globe’s full coverage of the Jakarta elections, go to www.thejakartaglobe.com/jakartaelections2012