Keneyam, 13/4 (Jubi) – Civil servants in Nduga Regency were not able to vote in last week’s elections because they were not registered in the voting rolls.
A civil servant who declined to give his name said as a good citizen he came to a polling station to vote but he could not because ballots were not available.
“I even could vote in the election of Regent Nduga,” he said.
Chairman of KPU Nduga, Yemi Karter Deda said there was a shortage of ballots because of misunderstanding .
“The number of registered voters in 32 sub-district was 4,587. We decided on the number at the request of DPRD to consider a potential conflict,” Yemi said on Sunday (13/4).
Separately, Nduga Regent Yairus Gwijangge said that he himself could not vote. “It happened because of the small number of ballots in each polling station,” he said.
He further said the Local Government through the Population Department previously has listed the number of registered voters in Keneyam Sub-district (the Capital of Nduga Regency) at more than 12,000. “But DPRD asked to distribute the number on average to avoid the conflict. Finally, it was agreed to distribute 4,587 registered voters for each sub-districts, excluding the civil servants. Therefore the civil servants in Nduga Regency were not able to vote in the election,” said the Regent.
The Regent also said many parties thought the distribution of the number of voters was not right, not only for the elections, but also for other data collection needs. (JUBI/Ronny Hisage/rom )