Jayapura, Jubi – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Papua Province said that until now there has been no instruction from the local government or the General Election Commission (KPU) about the population data that will be used for the simultaneous regional elections in 11 regencies in Papua.
“Particularly for simultaneous elections, there is no instruction for us,” head of Social Statistics at BPS Papua, Fadjri Amora, told reporters in Jayapura on Tuesday (02/06/2015).
He then added he did not know whether the old data will be used or not. Apparently, BPS has received no instruction for data collection head of the elections.
“Ideally, the population census must be conducted a year before, because they have to take data door to door,” he said.
Previously, the Department of Labor and Population of Papua Province said they would do the matching (Validation) population data with each Election Commission (KPU). This would be done in preparation for the local elections in the regencies/ city.
“The election of regional heads in Papua will be held simultaneously next year (2016). For that, we will coordinate with the Commission to improve the voters’ data in Papua province,” said the head of Department of Labor and Population Papua, Yan Piet Rawar on Thursday (08/01/2015).
It is important to conduct data validation for the elections in Papua to avoid conflict in most prevalent regions, according to him.
“The main obstacle in the elections is a matter of data, for that we will cooperate with KPU Papua to fix what has been the problem,” he said.
According to data from the Ministry of Home Affairs, said Rawar, the population of Papua per July 2014 amounted to 3.8 million people. It was based on the recording of the E-ID card. But the population of Papua would have increased or decreased in parentheses period from August to December 2014.
“We are still awaiting the official data from the Ministry of Home Affairs in accordance with the E-ID card recording,” Rawar explained. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)