Jayapura, 17/7 (Jubi)- Chairman of the Election Commission of Jayapura Municipality, Jeremias Numbery said time constraints and a lack of a proper information campaign were to blame for the poor turnout during the July 9 presidential election in Jayapura.
“Problems include limited time to prepare the list of voters (DPT) and conduct socialization on the presidential election among first-time voters,” he said to tabloidjubi.com on Thursday (17/7) at his office.
In addition, he added, the different goal of voters towards each candidate has also affected the voters. He further said physical, traditional and political connections towards the candidates are not similar with the last legislature election. And the last, people enthusiasm has driven to the World Cup event.
Meanwhile, the Chairwoman of Election Watch Board of Jayapura Municipality, Hilda C Nahusona talked about the technical problems which affected to the lack of voters such as the updated data, the reduction of polling stations and C6 form (invitation) which not distributed because most of them couldn’t identified by local election committee (KPPS).
An Entrop resident, Wahyono admitted he used the ID Card to vote because he couldn’t find his named registered in the list at the nearest polling station, while his family was lived there. While Purwanto from Entrop said he didn’t vote because he got no invitation and feel lazy. “I usually voted in the legislature or regional head election, but I don’t know why I got lazy this time,” he said.
In Jayapura, only 166,000 of 328,661 voters participated in the Presidential Election. It’s equal with 50.5% of total voters registered in the list. Even there is lack of 50% of voters using their right to vote in some polling station in Abepura and Heram sub-district. (Jubi/Sindung/rom)