Jayapura , 13/5 ( Jubi ) – Dozens of supporters of Letinus Jikwa, a candidate for the Papua Legislative Council from the People’s Conscience Party ( Hanura), held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Papua Election Commission office on Tuesday (13/5).
Protesters demanded the Papua Election Commission ( KPU Papua) restore Jikwa’s votes which they said were stolen during the provincial plenary vote count.
“In Lanny Jaya, people have given their votes for Letinus Jikwa but sadly these were robbed. This action violates the political rights of people,” said a protester, Yan Matuan in his speech
According to him, Letinus Jikwa has stood for the people in Lanny Jaya, so they gave their votes to him.
” However, the votes were stolen and we demanded his votes to return.
Jikwa said that he felt aggrieved to know that his votes were stolen brazenly.
“The votes were lost during the plenary in the provincial level. This action of an irresponsible individual cooperating with the Papua Commission and the Lanny Jaya Commission. My votes were initially 41,000 and then over 32,000 but when it was announced on April 6 at the provincial plenary there remained only two votes, ” Jikwa said.
He demanded the restoration of more than 20,000 votes he said he won. He also said that he has reported the matter to the Board Supervisory Election ( Bawaslu), the Central Election Commission in Jakarta and the Police to further investigate ( Jubi / Arjuna/Tina)