Jayapura, Jubi – Papua General Election Commission mapped areas deemed vulnerable to violence during simultaneous elections in February.
KPU Papua Chairman Adam Arisoi said all areas consisting of one municipality and ten regencies are considered vulnerable but the most at-risk areas are Papua highland areas.
“Some areas are considered vulnerable, including the regencies of Nduga, Lanny Jaya, Tolikara, Puncak Jaya, Intan Jaya and Dogiyai. The six regencies have been mapped. We asked the security forces for security back-up; especially when KPU are publishing their authorized decisions,” said Arisoi on Monday (26/9/2016).
He reminded the local KPUs to anticipate all possibilities.
The Police also should be actively participated in helping calm the situation.
“KPU has two decisions that would have the impact on legal and public security issues. Both decisions should be monitored by security forces to avoid the conflict that would be harmed the community,” he said.
He said disputes might be occurr at the time KPU announcing the results for eligible candidates.
Separately, the Deputy Chairman of Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council Orwan Tolli Wone said he expected simultaneous regional elections in one municipality and ten companies in Papua in the beginning of 2017 would be run smoothly as expected. There would be disputes between the supporters of each candidate.
“The candidates also should be able to win their supporters’ hearts. Don’t do the opposite: provoke their supporters to do the unexpected actions,” Wone.
According to him, win or lose in the election is normal. Not all candidates could win the election. “There is certainly only one candidate couple to be elected. However, it should be really selected in the clean democracy, not by cheating or something else,” he said. (*/rom)