Timika, 27/4 (Jubi) — The Election Commission of Mimika Regency said it has annulled more than 2,000 votes for a legislative candidate in Kuala Kencana sub-district after it was found that he inflated the numbers.
The Chairman of the Election Commission of Mimika Regency, John Kemong said the commission found the markup at Ballot Committee after doing the voting recapitulation for The District Election Committee Kuala Kencana and collected some data from the polling stations.
“KPU Mimika decided to cut the votes for the culprit. He did nothing wrong at the polling station, but at PPS. Therefore the voting for him has kept increase at PPS and he got around 2000 voting. I asked to cancel all of them because after checking it was actually different,” Kemong told reporters at Emeneme Yauware Building on Sunday (27/4).
He said the KPU Mimika is currently waiting for any objection on the finding of the vote inflation.
The Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) is currently examining the case. If it is considered a crime, it will make a recommendation to KPU. He also acknowledged the KPU has taken over the voting recapitulation at PPD Kuala Kencana because of strong suspicions of violations.
“It was the responsibility of KPU Mimika. PPD Kuala Kencana at that time said they weren’t able to continue the recapitulation. It wasn’t because of they couldn’t, but because there was a voting markup. So it was impossible to continue the counting, it just didn’t work anymore,” said Kemong.
Meanwhile, a Mimika resident, Esther Merry hoped the process of voting recapitulation would run smoothly and peacefully.
“If there was a problem, it should be solved. Everyone should be wise to accept the result either they win or lose,” she said.
Until now, the result of the voting recapitulation from region 1, 2 and 3 has been raised in the plenary. The plenary meeting is scheduled on Monday (28/4) at Eme Neme Yauware Building, Timika City. (Jubi/Eveerth/rom)